NewGen applies to join Pakatan Harapan

New Generation Party president A. Rajaretinam (middle) presenting the formal application to join Pakatan Harapan to PKR staff M. Thamayanthi here today. With him are other party leaders.
New Generation Party president A. Rajaretinam (middle) presenting the formal application to join Pakatan Harapan to PKR staff M. Thamayanthi here today. With him are other party leaders.

PETALING JAYA: The New Generation Party (NewGen) today submitted its formal application to be the fifth partner of Pakatan Harapan (PH).

The opposition coalition, which was founded by PKR, DAP and Amanah last year, accepted PPBM as the fourth party in the pact in March this year.

NewGen president A Rajaretinam, together with other leaders, handed over their application at the PKR headquarters today. No PKR leader was present to receive the application so it was handed to a staff member.

Rajaretinam hoped that the party will be included in the coalition to make PH a stronger alternative to Barisan Nasional.

“We represent the ethnic minorities as a whole. So, we hope the PH presidential council, which will meet on Oct 2, will discuss our application and accept us into the pact,” he said at a press conference here today.

Rajaretinam said they did not have many demands, and just want to help change the government in order to ensure the rights of the minorities are looked after.

“We hope to bring the votes of the minorities to PH,” he said.

The party currently has 2,000 members, comprising mostly community and youth-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs), but Rajaretinam said they hoped to reach 100,000 members in the next few months through an aggressive membership drive.

On how confident they were of being accepted by the opposition pact, Rajaretinam said he saw no reason for the party to be rejected as NewGen’s vision aligned with PH’s vision.

“We hope to be part of the policy making process in the pact,” he said.

Meanwhile, the party’s chief adviser S Balasubramaniam said NewGen will be organising a national dialogue on minorities, called the Malaysian Minorities National Agenda ([email protected]) at the Sentul Curry House in Kuala Lumpur this Sunday.

He said from the day-long session, they will chart a roadmap for minorities until 2040, and will present it to the PH leadership.

Rajaretinam had previously said the party would champion issues concerning ethnic minorities, claiming that they have been neglected.

He had previously claimed the party could swing 25 of 38 Barisan Nasional-held seats in PH’s favour in the next general election.