JOHOR BAHRU: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today invited all Malay parties including Umno to join PPBM in efforts to unite the Malays.
The PPBM chairman said that he found more and more Malay parties were being formed which reduced the potential of the Malay parties to win the election.
“Yes, join Bersatu. When our group is big, we become strong, but don’t stop others from joining the party, let them join.
“If we are split, we become weak, united we stand, divided we fall. But we find that there are people forming new parties.
“Now we have become six, soon there will be 10, then 100. There are 30 people in one party. How to win?” he told reporters after attending the Johor PPBM Hari Raya event.
The prime minister said this when asked whether he was inviting all the existing Malay parties to join PPBM to strengthen the Malays.
Asked if there will be objections from other Pakatan Harapan component parties, Mahathir said: “That is their problem. We have no connection with other parties. Although (they are) in Pakatan Harapan, they too get new members.”
Earlier in his speech, Mahathir said in the past, there was only one party representing the Malays.
“All the Malays joined Umno, but because of their greed for positions, today the Malays are broken up into six. Six, no longer the majority for 60%, but each party only has 10%,” he said.
Mahathir said the Malays are no longer strong as they were before.
He reminded party members to be loyal to the party and not to individual leaders.
He said Johor Umno’s loss in its stronghold should serve as a lesson to PPBM.
“What is obvious is that no matter how strong the party is, if it had strayed, it would become weak. This is the lesson that we get from the Johor incident.
“That is why we have to be careful so that our party retains our struggle. We can change leaders but it is not easy to change the struggle. When we do such a thing, whatever strength the party has will crumble.
“That is the lesson that we learn, although it was a fortress previously, it can be penetrated when it is weak,” Mahathir added.