KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed his disappointment over the setting up of many race-based political parties recently.
The Prime Minister said these parties, especially Malay-based ones, would only divide the community further.
He said that many new Malay-based parties in the country would eventually leave the community without a big party representing them.
"We are free to set up as many parties as we like. If we can set up 100 parties, it is good. The Malays will be divided into 100 (groups) and there won't be one big Malay party.
"That's why I encourage the setting up of many Malay parties. We determined that our country has a majority 60% Malay population but it does not matter if it is split into four," he said sarcastically after chairing a meeting of the Bersatu supreme leadership council on Tuesday (May 28).
"Now, it wants to be split into 100," he added.
Dr Mahathir, who is Bersatu chairman, responded to a question on the setting up of the latest political party – the Malay-based Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) – led by Datuk Dr Ibrahim Ali as president.
Ibrahim is also the former president of Perkasa, a right-wing Malay movement.
It was reported on May 8 that the Registrar of Societies had approved the registration of Putra.
Referring to the Bersatu council meeting, Dr Mahathir said the party is no longer referred to by its acronym PPBM, but as Bersatu following an RoS approval on the use of the name.
He also said that the party leadership agreed to make several amendments to the party constitution for smoother administration.
The council decided to hold an extraordinary general meeting on July 20 to amend the constitution. – Bernama