KUALA LUMPUR: Having all Malays under one big umbrella political party, as suggested by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is easier said than done and is not practical, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad (pic).
Khalid, who is Parti Amanah Negara communications director, said it would be easier to have a coalition of Malay-based political parties.
"As long as the Malays have political differences in terms of priorities and methodology of achieving certain aims and objectives, one political party will not be good enough for all Malays," said Khalid.
He was asked to comment on the suggestion by Dr Mahathir, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman on Friday (July 5) to have all Malays – including those from Umno – join Bersatu.
Khalid pointed out that it was impractical one political party could cater to all the Malay political affiliations in the country as there is the right-wing, centrist and left-wing factions among Malays.
"From the beginning of the formation of Malaysia, there has always been different political parties for different sectors of the Malay community.
"It is not being impractical (to have one party for all Malays) but it is easier said than done but if you want to have a coalition of Malay political parties that may be a lot easier and a starting point to that end.
"The right-wing Malays would continuously use race and religion as a basis of creating unity while at the same time creating disunity among Malaysians.
"There are the centrist Malays who are more open and they see Malaysia as a multiracial and multireligious society and their approach would obviously be completely different. This is the issue that has to be resolved before you can have one umbrella political party representing all Malays," said Khalid.
He was speaking to the media after presenting a keynote address at the Future of Work forum organised by Alumni Alliance at Sasana Kijang here on Saturday (July 6).
He also stated that he was not against Bersatu inviting Umno join the party.
"Whether the people in Umno share the vision of Bersatu or otherwise is yet to be seen. It is normal for the Prime Minister to make the call. It is natural – everyone wants to be seen as uniting Muslims and Malays under one organisation with noble objectives in mind," said Khalid.