Dr M to form new party

Dr Mahathir says the new party has no intention of forming an alliance with any coalition.

PETALING JAYA: Following a political fallout with PPBM, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will set up a new independent Malay political party, although he has yet to decide on a name for it.

The veteran politician, who turned 95 last month, had previously said he might join an existing party or form a new one.

He said the former PPBM founders needed to create a new party to fight corruption as the other Malay parties had strayed from the original path.

“It’s not our intention to have too many Malay political parties, but we see they have run from their original path, ” he said referring to Umno, PAS and PPBM.

The new party, he said, will be “inclusive and moderate”.

Also present when he made the announcement today were former PPBM members Maszlee Malik, Marzuki Yahya, and Mukhriz Mahathir.

Mahathir added that they would remain independent for now, but would join hands with other parties after the next national polls.

Asked when he would register his party, he said it would be soon as they intended to contest in the Slim by-election.

“Most of the grassroots members of PPBM are with us,” he said adding those who had changed the PPBM flag to black in colour would be part of the new party.

He also said three assemblymen would be joining his new party.

Mahathir who founded PPBM, led the party as its chairman and became prime minister for a second time after Pakatan Harapan won the 14th general election.

But a rift in the party over its position in Pakatan Harapan after the collapse of the government saw leaders aligned with PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin forming the Perikatan Nasional coalition with Barisan Nasional, PAS and GPS.

Mahathir, who was against the move, remained in PPBM but he and four other MPs aligned with him lost their membership for joining the opposition bench when the Dewan Rakyat convened in March.

Earlier today, the High Court allowed applications by PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin and three others, including the Registrar of Societies, to strike out a lawsuit against them by Mahathir and four others to challenge their termination from the party.