Worry about your own party, Pejuang man tells Rais Yatim

Former PPBM Supreme Council member Tariq Ismail.

PETALING JAYA: A former PPBM Supreme Council member today hit back at Rais Yatim for saying that Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new party Pejuang would not last beyond the ex-prime minister’s lifetime.

Tariq Ismail, an ally of Mahathir, said Rais should instead worry about his own party PPBM which he said had strayed from its original struggle and principles.

He said PPBM was no longer a party that wanted to emancipate the Malays but had become one that would go to bed with “anything that tickles its fancy”.

“As a man of the law and a seasoned veteran, he surely knows a party needs to follow its constitution lest it becomes an irrelevant body that has no clear direction.

“He does not need to worry about Pejuang. We know what we are doing and we definitely do not need those who fornicate and procreate for positions,” he told FMT.

He welcomed PPBM’s move to open its doors to non-Malays but said the same suggestion, when made by others, had been met with opposition.

“I clearly remember, at the last extraordinary general meeting, those who initially wanted to have non-Malay voices were called liberals by the right-wingers,” he said.

Rais, the Negeri Sembilan PPBM chief, was quoted by Utusan Malaysia as saying Pejuang would not last beyond the lifetime of Mahathir.

He also said Mahathir’s son, Mukhriz, could not continue his father’s legacy following the failure of the Kedah government led by him.