PETALING JAYA: A former Johor DAP chairman has said that DAP, PKR and Amanah should consider a “grand merger” into a single political party in a bid to get rid of race-based politics.
Dr Boo Cheng Hau said these three parties were non-race-based components in the ruling coalition.
The former Skudai assemblyman said this would force parties such as Umno, PAS and PPBM to “shy away from apartheid-like tribal politics”.
“This will open their doors to all Malaysians in a move towards non-racial politics that will lead Malaysia and Southeast Asia to become highly developed nations and a peaceful, prosperous region,” he said in a statement today.
Boo, who has spoken against race-based politics in the past, again urged PPBM – which is part of Pakatan Harapan – to drop its race-based ideology as it was against the reason for Pakatan’s formation.
“Or else, PH will eventually become another BN 2.0 with a repetition of racial dominance of one ethnic group over the rest at the expense of the greater values and principle of good governance, integrity and egalitarianism.”
In September, PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad defended the party’s race-based identity as realistic as Malaysians were still split along racial lines.
The prime minister said despite some criticising the party’s racial outlook, the reality was that all political parties still chose candidates based on the majority race in the constituencies they contested.
Boo had earlier cautioned that any form of cooperation between Umno and PAS would further divide the society.
Ties between the two parties began thawing last year, with Umno and PAS leaders sharing the same stage on several occasions.
Their relationship further strengthened after the May 9 polls, most notably in the Sungai Kandis and Seri Setia by-elections where they made way for each other to contest and supported each other’s candidates.
Last month, Umno leaders attended the PAS muktamar in Terengganu, while PAS leaders attended the Umno general assembly a few days ago.