KUALA LUMPUR: Amanah president Mohamad Sabu today said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s call for Malay parties to join PPBM makes sense, as the debate on “Malay unity” continues.
The defence minister said any political party would want to strengthen their position through the addition of members and working together with other groups.
But he said it is up to those invited to accept or reject Mahathir’s invitation.
“The Malays must unite, especially in Pakatan Harapan, so the government is seen as strong,” Mohamad, fondly known as Mat Sabu, told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
“This afternoon, we (the PH Presidential Council) will meet. We are not sure if it (Mahathir’s call) will be discussed but members are free to voice their opinions.”
Mohamad also noted that Malay support for PH has increased after Umno and PAS “got married”, referring to the cooperation between the two parties in past by-elections and as a united opposition bloc in the Dewan Rakyat.
On Friday, Mahathir, who is also the PPBM chairman, invited all Malay-based parties, including Umno, to join PPBM in efforts to unite the Malays.
He said he found more and more Malay parties were being formed, which reduced the potential of the Malay parties to win the elections.
Meanwhile, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the Islamist party remains “consistent with Umno” on the matter.
“We have to remember that Umno is still the core of Malay-Islam political parties in Malaysia,” he said, adding that people should look at the strengths of Umno and PAS.
Tuan Ibrahim said “real unity” exists in the alliance between the two partiers.