PETALING JAYA: After his attempt at setting up Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBS) years ago failed, Hisbah Centre for Reform chairman Datuk Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor wants to give it another shot.
The former senator expressed hope that the new government under Pakatan Harapan would be more helpful in facilitating the registration of his new party, which was aimed solely at combating corruption.
"I am back to answer the request and call to reignite the fight against corruption," he said.
"As such, I have today given the permission to my fellow comrades who had, almost two years back, submitted the application for an anti-corruption party, to resubmit the application for the party with a single objective of fighting corruption.
"It is public knowledge that our effort was derailed by the pro-corruption agents who threw slanders and insults against us.
"We harbour hope that the new government will be more open and transparent and welcome our efforts, and in the same spirit will also facilitate the registration of the party," he added.
In a statement, Ezam said that if established, his party would not be joining any political coalition as they would like to remain independent for the foreseeable future and not be tied down by the current political situation.
However, he said the party would stand in solidarity with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, offering their full support to his efforts against kleptocracy and corrupt elite.
According to Ezam, the name of the party and its Protem committee members would be announced when submitting their application to Registrar of Society in the coming days.
He said the reason behind the move was that he found the issues of corruption and kleptocracy involving nation’s assets were slowly being forgotten.
The corrupt were trying to make a comeback as heroes of the people, he claimed.
"Many among them, who made insane illegal wealth by being accessories to the kleptocracy during the last regime, are now slowly infiltrating the new government, claiming they were cornered and misled.
"They are actually the wolf in the sheep’s clothing, who are real the Trojan Horse that will derail the reform agenda of the new government," he said.