New party for Malays, bumiputera, says Kadir Jasin

Modified 5 Aug 2016, 3:39 am

Veteran journalist A Kadir Jasin today confirmed that the new political party to be registered by former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin would be a Malay/bumiputera-based party.

“The party aims to continue as well as renew the fight of the Malays and bumiputera in the era of globalisation, reformation, transparency and openness,” he said in a blog post today.

Kadir - who has expressed support for the Save Malaysia movement spearheaded by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad - said this was among the tentative facts he was made to understand.

The former New Straits Times group editor-in-chief also confirmed that the new party’s registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) will be done online as early as today.

“Supporting documents will be submitted personally on Monday,” he said.

He said Mahathir would serve as the party’s chairperson while Muhyiddin, Gabungan Ketua Cawangan Malaysia (GKCM) president Kamarul Azman Habibur Rahman and former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir will act as the party’s president, secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Other committee members include former Langkawi Wanita Umno leader Anina Saadudin, former Bendang Baru Umno Youth chief Akhramsyah Sanusi and student group Challenger leader Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.

Kadir said the new party will cooperate inclusively with political parties that are against Barisan Nasional, adding that discussions on the matter have already started.

“The new party will include in its constitution the reformation of the political system as well as the country’s administration, values of transparency, responsibility and prevention of corruption and office bearers will also be limited to certain periods in holding positions."

The party also aims to combine the fight of the old generation with the aspirations of the new generation, he added.

Muhyiddin yesterday confirmed that the new party will be registered soon, following a meeting held the previous night.

Most of the pro tem committee members were sacked from Umno for their open criticism of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the RM2.6 billion ‘donation’ scandal.

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