Pribumi Party chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad admitted that his fledging party, had differences with the Chinese-dominant DAP on various issues.
But he claimed that both parties however, were willing to set aside their differences for a common goal, such as to remove Prime Minister Najib Razak.
“We agree on some matters like the citizens’ declaration. On certain issues, we can agree but not on all issues.
“We have decided to set aside our differences for a common goal,” said Mahathir at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
Mahathir statement in away confirmed public skepticism that the current opposition alliance was a marriage of convenience to fulfill individual parties’ selfish interests and objectives.
He said the DAP was willing to support him and his initiative despite he was the party’s worst enemy for me being their worst enemy for 60 years.
He claimed that his Pribumi was focused on forming the next federal government replacing Umno, which he claimed had deviated from its original goals.
“We wish to form the government someday,” said Dr Mahathir, who critics claimed had deliberately allowed the original Umno to be declared illegal to enable him to form a new party, Umno Baru in 1988.
By forming Umno Baru, which was later declared as the ‘original’ Umno, the critics alleged that Mahathir successfully flushed out all his political enemies and exerted an authoritarian control of the party and federal government.
At the same news meet, Pribumi pro-tem president Muhyiddin Yassin avoided controversy by dismissing speculations that he wanted to replace PKR president and Permatang Pauh MP Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the parliamentary opposition leader.
“The question of opposition leader does not arise at all,” he stressed.
PKR deputy president Azmin Ali has already said that the party would support Wan Azizah as the opposition leader.
Mahathir’s son Mukhriz is Pribumi vice-president.
The party membership with full voting rights is limited to the Bumiputera community, which make up over 60 per cent of Malaysia’s population.
Non-Bumiputeras can join the party as associate members but they will not be allowed to vote or elected into office.
However, they could be appointed to certain party positions.
Mahathir’s Bumiputera-only party has already come under fire from even within the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan.
PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said it was “strange” to have a Bumiputera-only party in the opposition coalition, while DAP Socialist Youth said it would not cooperate with parties that have “racist” policies.