PETALING JAYA : The DAP’s youth wing will not work with any party that practices racist policies. This includes Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
DAP Youth political education director Chiong Yoke Kong, in a statement last night, called Pribumi a clone of Umno and said new parties which practiced racial discrimination would not “save Malaysia”. Instead, they would only allow racism to continue “running riot” in the land.
“Attempts to make non-Malays as associate members, and barring them from voting and running in party elections is a form of racial politics,” he said, adding that a political party that discriminated against members based on their race and skin colour was also guilty of racial discrimination.
Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin recently registered Pribumi, of which he is the president, with the Registrar of Societies (RoS). The party is open to all Bumiputeras, including those from Sabah and Sarawak.
It was announced that non-Bumiputera citizens would be admitted as associate members but they would not be able to vote or compete for positions in the party.
Chiong said the racist policies practised by Bersatu were a product of a bygone political era.
“Rural voters would not be able to differentiate between Bersatu and Umno, and they will not vote for a party formed solely to bring down (Prime Minister) Najib Razak’s regime,” he added.