PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s membership swelled by one today as former chief executive officer of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) think-tank, Wan Saiful Wan Jan, joined the party as a lifetime member.
Party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made the announcement at a press conference at Galeri Pribumi, Menara Yayasan Selangor here today.
According to The Star Online, Muhyiddin said Wan Saiful would take on the policy and strategy bureau deputy chairman position, assisting Datuk Rais Hussin.
“He will be able to help us strengthen the bureau and provide ideas to address several key issues the country faces,” Muhyiddin said.
Wan Saiful, who was previously a PAS member, said he joined Bersatu because it was the only way to address national issues.
“We need a solution at a political level. Our country needs an administration with a political will to change.”
He also said he was expecting public backlash for joining a race-based party.
“We must choose an existing platform that has the best potential to achieve our goals.
“People will only take a party seriously if it is able to shape the perspective and thinking of the people, and only Pribumi is able to do this at a national level,” he said.
Asked which constituency he would contesting in the coming general election, Wan Saiful said that was up to the party.
“It is up to the party to decide. I just only joined five minutes ago. Otherwise, I would be sacked.”
Present today were Pribumi deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, its Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, supreme council member Datuk Rais Hussin, and Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong.
Wan Saiful’s last day with Ideas was yesterday.
He had been the CEO of Ideas since 2009 when he led the process to launch the think-tank in February 2010.