PUTRAJAYA: Right-wing extremism will not be accepted in New Malaysia, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
The Parti Amanah Negara strategic director advised the new Umno-PAS pact to become an effective opposition and to not go down the route of racial and religious bigotry.
“It is the right for any parties to form a political pact, especially for their own survival. At the end of the day, the people will be the judge.
“But forming a political coalition with a mono-ethnic and mono-religious construct will be difficult for a mixed demography like ours to familiarise with.
“If they choose a right-wing extremism approach, it is not going to be well-received, ” said Dr Dzulkefly at a press conference after launching the World Patient Safety Day Malaysia here on Tuesday (Sept 17).
He added that Pakatan Harapan had no reason to be concerned with the new pact.
“Pakatan’s strength is in its ability to manage differences.
“It is more important to unite over differences, rather than to unite people of the same race or religion.
“The government will be a transparent one, and we will continue to rebuild. For that, we also need a strong opposition to provide constant check and balance, ” said Dr Dzulkefly.
On Saturday (Sept 14), former political foes Umno and PAS convened at the two-day "Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah’"gathering to sign a new joint charter of political cooperation.