Bersatu supreme council leader Dr Muhammad Faiz Bin Na'aman said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad intends to deliver a "final message" at the upcoming Malay Dignity Congress next month in the face of "hypocrites" sowing slander and provocation that threatens to undermine national unity.
"Allegations after allegations have been hurled against Mahathir who continues to work hard for the people and country.
"While the international community, particularly the Muslim world, admires his leadership, but there are Malay hypocrites that continue to slander and insult him for political gain.
"This is the real face of Malaysian politics today. We are at a crossroads that will determine if the people's unity will be ruined or that we move towards development that is enjoyed by all.
"Bloodshed could happen at any time due to the spread of slander, provocation and incitement on social media by irresponsible quarters," he said in a statement today.
For these reasons, Faiz said Mahathir is seeking to address the Malay community.
"Cognisant that the strength of our national unity is under threat, Mahathir has called for all Malaysians who are Malay and Muslims, regardless of political ideologies, NGOs, corporate people or private individuals, to attend the Malay Dignity Congress on Oct 6 to hear the 'final' message from our legendary statesman," he added.
Faiz (photo) said while divisions within the Malay community due to ideological differences is normal, but there are those capitalising on this to create provocations along racial, state and religious lines.
He said those responsible are bent on doing so after being rejected by the people in the last general election for being corrupt and betraying the people's mandate.
"They are surely desperate to return to power after filling their cronies' bellies and their own for decades and exploiting Malay and Muslim sentiment on the political arena.
"In fact, the one who is most satiated is Jho Low, who was the business partner to 'Bossku' who is worshipped by his party extremes," he said, in apparent reference to former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Faiz said these quarters are parroting the message that Malays and Muslims have lost power, that the DAP is in control, that Pakatan Harapan has broken its promises.
He said they are using the name of "Muslim unity" to shield leaders who are now being investigated for corruption and other crimes.
"The fraudulent fighters are once again trying to fool Malays and Muslims by claiming that they are defending Islam and bumiputera, that they are the only hope and there is no alternative," he added.
As such, Faiz said Mahathir will try to address these challenges.
The event is organised by Pusat Kecemerlangan Melayu Akademi Pengajian Melayu Universiti Malaya.
The congress will discuss issues involving education, religion, culture, politics and the economy from a Malay perspective.
The event will be held on Oct 6 at the Axiata Arena Stadium in collaboration with UTM, Universiti Putra Malaysia and the Sultan Idris Education University.