KUALA LUMPUR: The new political party formed by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not be taken lightly.
Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin said this was because those behind the party, including its president, former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, had extensive experience in the political arena, as well as in the administration of the country.
Mahathir is set to be the chairman.
“The new party was formed by former senior figures in Umno, including a former prime minister and deputy prime minister. Not to mention, the target of the new party for its membership are existing Umno members,” the Youth and Sports Minister told a press conference here today.
Khairy said Umno and Barisan Nasional were however confident of keeping its supporters but said attention should be paid to the new party as Mahathir still had his own support base.
He cautioned that there were people who were “confused” and as such were still supporting the two former leaders.
“We have to stress to them that the new party is the opposition. It was formed to fight our party. We should also explain to party members the issues the new party brings to the table,” said Khairy.
Muhyiddin was at the Registrar of Societies (RoS) office in Putrajaya this afternoon to submit papers for the registration of the Bumiputera-only party, called Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
Muhyiddin’s involvement in the new party follows his sacking from Umno earlier this year, stemming from his vocal criticism against the party leadership.
Former Umno Vice-President Shafie Apdal quit Umno last month following his suspension earlier over similar reasons. He is set to launch his own Sabah-based political party soon.