Bersatu denies recycling old FB page


KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Secretary Kamarulazman Habibur Rahman has rubbished allegations of the party “recycling” an old Facebook page.

As a matter of fact, the party, which was only registered by former Umno Deputy President Muhyiddin Yassin on Tuesday, did not have an official Facebook page yet, he told FMT.

“Even before registering the party, we were advised by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) not to make any move until Bersatu is approved.

“But there are so many people interested to join the party, and some had jumped the gun. They are very enthusiastic and although we are aware of the Facebook page, we are not sure who is behind it.”

Blogger Lim Sian See yesterday listed several Facebook pages claiming to be that of Bersatu’s.

One of the pages even had over 9,000 likes, and used to be a platform for supporters of the controversial Sedition Act 1948, claimed Lim.

To this Kamarulazman, who is also one of the party’s seven founders, cautioned Bersatu’s followers to take things slow as its founders were concerned about the possible repercussions that might come in the form of delayed RoS approval.

“Sometimes they (the supporters) are too enthusiastic, coming up with individual efforts to promote the party by, among others, distributing membership registration forms that are not endorsed or even produced by us.

“While we appreciate their enthusiasm, we worry that RoS may delay the approval of our registration.”

The upcoming new political party was announced by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad last month.

Muhyiddin is expected to be its president and will lead the party in a joint collaboration with other Opposition parties to defeat Barisan Nasional in the next general election.