KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial politician Datuk Ibrahim Ali (pic) has unveiled a new political party representing the country's bumiputra population.
Ibrahim announced the formation of Parti Bumiputra Perkasa Malaysia at the Koperasi Telekom Malaysia Bhd seminar hall on Thursday (May 9).
He said that the party, called Putra for short, was to fight for the rights, well-being of the country, Islam and race (bangsa).
"We have been waiting for the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to approve our application for seven months," he said, adding that approval was obtained on Wednesday (May 8).
He said the party is meant for those looking for a political party that would not compromise on issues related to the bumiputra and Islam.
"We will not compromise (unlike) many main political parties after they win elections.
"Even though the Federal Constitution defends the religion, race, and country, they (political parties) compromise (on these aspects)," he said.
Ibrahim said the Putra leadership would take an oath on integrity and to reject corruption.
"It is a people's party, so if our activities are disrupted, it is due to lack of funds.
"If funds offered are from non-halal sources (such as corruption) we won't accept it," he added.
The party will have its first general meeting on May 22, he said.
Ibrahim, who is also president of Malay rights group Perkasa, sits as Putra's temporary president.