New ‘independent’ Malay party by Dr Mahathir

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Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has announced the creation of a new Malay-based ‘independent’ political party. Dr. Mahathir said in a press conference today, August 7, that for now the faction to be appointed will be renamed ‘Bebas’ and would not be linked to either Pakatan Harapan (PH) or Perikatan Nasional (PN).

“This Malay-based party will be an independent party and will uphold the initial fight against corruption that was hijacked by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu),’ the 95-year-old said, as quoted by The Star. He said the new party would be multicultural and liberal, which will show to the other races that the people of Malaysia are noble and not traitorous.

The group will be headed temporarily by Dr Mahathir while his son Mukhriz Mahathir will be its treasurer. Dr Mahathir said the new party’s formation does not mean he is breaking away from PH leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysiakini reported. “We don’t break away from anyone. We ‘re freeing ourselves from everyone,” he said, as he was flanked at the press conference by his son and other former Bersatu leaders, Marzuki Yahya, Kubang Pasu MP Amiruddin Hamzah, and Sri Gading MP Shahruddin Md Salleh. In the pending Slim by-election, he added that the party intends to contest.

The founding of this new party comes after the removal from Bersatu of Dr Mahathir, his uncle, and Muar MP Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman among others, who left PH to enter PN in late February. Syed Saddiq was not present at the press conference and was said to attend the retirement ceremony in Johor for his mother. – Adapted from Says

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