Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Parti Pribumi) plan to better represent the indigenous people of Malaysia does not hold water as other well-established parties have strived to do the same, said prominent Malay leader Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.
Tunku Abdul Aziz, a former DAP vice-chairman said Parti Pribumi’s promise to ultimately look out for all Malaysians and replace Barisan Nasional (BN) was not a revolutionary idea.
“What they (Parti Pribumi) are promising is nothing new and they are not reinventing Malaysia politics. The concept of 1Malaysia for example, is all about achieving racial unity.
“The government today is made up of race-based parties Umno, MCA and MIC, but they are all working towards the same goals under the BN coalition,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.
Tunku Aziz also questioned Parti Pribumi’s restricted membership excluding non-Bumiputeras, saying such a policy contradicted its promises.
“People must learn to understand that politics in multiracial Malaysia is not about divisiveness, but about policies that will unite us.
“Any Malaysian wants to see the country free of racial discrimination and prejudices but for a new race-based party to come and say that, it’s just rhetoric. If they really want to win votes, they will have to appeal to racial sentiments.
He said the ideal scenario was for Malaysia to do away with race based politics but added such a process will take time.
He was responding to Parti Pribumi vice-president Mukhriz Mahathir’s recent statement in which he said the party was created not only for those who were unhappy with Umno but also to better represent the Bumiputera communities. It is a party representing the indigenous community, it’s more inclusive.
“Fighting for not only our self-interest but rather to defend the rights of the people as enshrined in the Federal Constitution,” said Mukhriz in an interview with Sinar Harian.
The former Kedah mentri besar claimed there were many Umno members who were dissatisfied with the party, thus paving the way for Parti Pribumi’s rise.
“Just look at the crisis (the Umno) president is going through. So based on the basis of protecting the welfare of the public and forming a clean and trustworthy government, Parti Pribumi will rise rise up. I am confident they (the people) will consider Parti Pribumi,” added Mukhriz.
Parti Pribumi will split Malay community
Academician Samsul Adabi Mamat from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia said the formation of another Malay centric party would only split the community.
“Parti Pribumi will split up the Malay community because it has the potential of becoming the second biggest Bumiputera party after Umno. After all many of its leaders were former Umno bigwigs,”
Samsul said the new party would not be able to challenge Umno’s dominance in the short term but warned that Umno needed to prevent its members from being influenced to leave.
“Contrary to what is says about wanting to represent all Malaysians, the Bumiputera only membership shows it still believes in race-based politics. It still believes that Bumiputera party must be the strongest one in the block, followed by others.”
Will Help BN to clinch more victory
Veteran Umno leader and Sungai Petani Umno division permanent chairman Makbul Ilahi said he doubted Parti Pribumi’s promises would appeal to Malaysians.
“There’s not much talk of the new party on the ground…as far as the people here are concerned, Parti Pribumi only wants to bring down the prime minister and BN.
“In fact, the entry of new parties like Parti Pribumi and Parti Amanah Negara will only benefit Umno in the next general election. The Kuala Kangsara and Sungai Besar election results are clear evidence of how split votes will help BN win.”
Source: New Straits Times