PETALING JAYA: The claim that 40 Umno MPs will be joining Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia does not mean that they will be accepted “blindly” by the party, says Johor DAP chief Liew Chin Tong (pic).
He urged Malaysians not to jump to conclusions over the claim.
Liew was commenting on a statement by Bersatu supreme council leader Datuk A. Kadir Jasin on Saturday that there was a possibility of 40 Umno MPs jumping ship and joining the party.
“Kadir, as the veteran newsman and political strategist, doesn’t write things for fun. He is careful to state that even if those Umno MPs desire to join Bersatu, it doesn’t mean that Bersatu will accept them blindly,” he said on Facebook yesterday.
The Deputy Defence Minister said he and DAP publication The Rocket former editor-in-chief Wan Hamidi Hamid had talked about the matter with Kadir yesterday morning.
Liew said such reports had fuelled anxieties among Pakatan Harapan supporters that the coalition would become a new Umno.
Governing, said Liew, was “not a walk in the park” and it was important for the new government to build trust with the people in the era of New Malaysia.
“We need patience, we need to build trust and we need to imagine and articulate and put in place a different future for the sake of the nation,” he said.