PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has registered his new party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
The sacked former deputy prime minister submitted papers for the new party’s registration at the Registrar of Societies (RoS) here yesterday along with four other would-be members of the party.
“Membership for the party is open to Malaysians with bumiputra status, who are the Malays, the orang asli and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak.
“Other Malaysians can also join as associate members. They will have the same rights as normal members, except that they cannot vote or contest in party elections.
“However, they can be appointed to positions in the party,” said Muhyiddin, the former Umno deputy president yesterday.
With him were former Langkawi Umno members Anina Saadudin, sacked Teluk Kemang Umno branch chief Kamarul Azman Habibur Rahman, youth activist Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi, who is the son of Umno veteran Tan Sri Sanusi Junid.
Former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir was not present.
Muhyiddin said he hoped the registration will be accepted by the RoS “as soon as possible”.
Muhyiddin is expected to be president of the party with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as chairman.
On the proposed Bersih 5 rally, he said: “Whatever efforts out there that are in line with our stance in fighting for the people’s freedom, the issue of power misappropriation or corruption, we will be with them.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the RoS must not be pressured to fast track the approval and registration of the new party.
He said the RoS must be allowed to carry out its work without prejudice and that the registration must go through the normal process which takes about 30 days.
“The papers have been submitted and all those concerned must give RoS time and space to go through the documents in detail before making a decision.
“There shouldn’t be any calls for the body or for the Home Ministry to expedite approval for the party. There are procedures and let us all follow it,” he said yesterday.
He said once the RoS vetted the application, a recommendation would be presented to a committee which he chaired as Home Minister.
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