PPBM will not be another Umno, says Wan Azizah

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is president of Pakatan Harapan.

BUTTERWORTH: PPBM will not turn itself into another Umno, according to Pakatan Harapan president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She said she was confident there was nothing in PPBM’s set-up to suggest it was a carbon copy of Umno, the Malay-based party that led the former ruling government.

“So it is different from Umno as the party’s foundations are not the same,” she said. “When we were talking about the 21 years of the Reformasi movement, Tun (PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad) said he was with Umno longer than that and yet left the party.”

Wan Azizah was asked if PPBM could transform itself into an Umno-like party with goals and aspirations that differed from those espoused by the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Asked about Mahathir’s invitation to all Malay parties, including Umno, to join PPBM in efforts to unite the Malays, Wan Azizah said this was because PPBM was a Malay-based party.

She said the invite was also to increase party membership and consolidate political power. “However, I think PAS and Umno have already indicated that they are not interested (with the invitation to join PPBM),” she said.

Yesterday, Mahathir invited all Malay parties, including Umno, to join the party, saying that he found more and more Malay parties were being formed. He said this reduced the chances of them winning the general election.