PETALING JAYA: The emergence of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) will see a further rift in the Muslim community, said Lembah Pantai Umno Division Chief Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.
It was the right of former Umno leaders to set up a new party but whether it would be effective “was beyond me”, NST Online reported him as saying.
Nong Chik justified his claim of the community being split by recalling his experience during the last general election.
“During the 13th General Election, due to the political tsunami that took place, the votes of the non-Malays ended up being more important than the Malay votes, because the Malays were divided.
“It is clear. The reason Nurul Izzah Anwar won was because she managed to obtain a solid vote from the Chinese and the Indians.
“I lost due to the rift in the Malay community.
“Therefore, if it happens again (division of Malay votes), a further rift will take place.
“However, as a politician, one must accept that anything can happen in politics.”
He said anger towards Barisan Nasional might make some accept Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s party (Bersatu).
Nonetheless, Nong Chik said Barisan Nasional should be wary over the emergence of the new party.
“What’s important for us is to not take the risk of Malay disunity lightly.
“People may say that the party (Bersatu) is new, but Umno and Barisan Nasional must be watchful over this move.”