PETALING JAYA: Ibrahim Ali, president of Malay rights group Perkasa, today cautioned local politicians and academicians against being too arrogant in undermining their opponents, while warning that in politics, anything was possible.
He was referring to the varied statements in the media regarding the formation of the new party mooted by former Premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
On Tuesday, former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin applied for registration of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu). Muhyiddin is the party’s pro-tem president and Mahathir, its chairman.
“If Bersatu is seen as having no impact on other parties and considered a splinter party that won’t last or one that would die after the 14th General Election, why then is there a need to make assumptions and issue all sorts of statements to the media?
“A few have even objected to the use of the name ‘Bersatu’. One by one, excuses and pressures have been highlighted.
“Various parties are vying to provide their views so much so that they are now seen as a ‘Raja Lawak’ (comedy) group,” said Ibrahim in a statement today.
Expressing regret over the statements, he said there was no need to even talk of whether the new party would receive public support, and advised for all quarters to just “wait and see” instead.
He also warned political leaders against belittling members of the public who knew better what they wanted and praised the “rational” words of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin as well as Umno Supreme Council member Bung Mokhtar Radin.
“Their statements are clearly mature and logical. They are much better than the reviews of other politicians and academicians.”
Umno Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor yesterday urged the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to bar Mahathir’s party from using the acronym “Bersatu” which he argued was already commonly used in many national slogans and could confuse the public.
The party will be open to Bumiputeras but other races can join as associate members, without voting rights or positions.