KOTA KINABALU: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) is set to launch in Sabah on Saturday (April 6), with proponents here saying it is no Umno 2.0.
Defacto leader of Sabah Bersatu Datuk Seri Mohd Hajiji Noor (pic) said the perception that Bersatu is Umno 2.0 was wrong, because it is a new platform for bumiputras in Sabah.
"So, we cannot say that Bersatu is Umno 2.0. This is a new party and there are different ways of working with different policies and new approaches," he said when met at the rehearsal for the launching at the ITCC Mall in Penampang on Friday (April 5).
He said this was also in line with what the people wanted, namely change, following GE14.
"We are not aiming for posts or position; we just want to join Bersatu because we feel that their struggles are in line with ours," Hajiji said.
He said they will cooperate with the ruling state government in matters that concerned the rakyat.
Hajiji and Karanaan assemblyman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun were accepted as members of Bersatu last month, while six more Umno assemblymen is expected to receive their membership on Saturday (April 6).
Apart from Hajiji and Masidi, Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had personally handed over the membership to four former Umno MPs in Putrajaya.
However, it is not clear if Sipitang MP Yamani Hafez Musa, the son of former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, will get his membership during the launch.
Hajiji declined to comment when asked about it.
There is also a possibility that Nabawan assemblyman Datuk Bobbey Suan (former Upko) might be joining Bersatu.
Hajiji said that all Pakatan Harapan component parties - DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara - Pakatan friendly Parti Warisan Sabah, as well as their friendly opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and Sabah STAR under Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS), among others, have been invited to attend the event.
Some 30,000 people, including former Umno division chiefs and members, are expected to attend the launching ceremony to be held at the ITCC Mall with the presence of Dr Mahathir on Saturday.
However, DAP has said it would most likely not attend the event, as they were still in mourning following their chairman Datuk Stephen Wong's death on March 28.
Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Datuk Lajim Ukin, who dissolved his party on Friday, is expected to join Bersatu on Saturday.
Lajim, whose party failed to win a single seat in GE14, has been lobbying to be Sabah Bersatu chairman.