ISKANDAR PUTERI: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s yet-to-be-named new political party will not undermine Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, says the party’s state chief Mazlan Bujang (pic).
The Johor Bersatu chairman said there were no problems in the state chapter, with all 26 divisions continuing to support party president Muhyiddin.
“Dr Mahathir is a great statesman who spent more than 22 years as the prime minister of the country and surely, he has his own
followers, but they are not that many, ” he added.
Mazlan said this when met before Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad handed out appointment letters to 25 special coordinating committee chairmen at Kota Iskandar here yesterday.
The Puteri Wangsa assemblyman, who is also the state education, information, heritage and culture committee chairman, said anyone could form his own political party.
“However, we could not see which direction Dr Mahathir’s new party was heading.
“And if it remains independent, then it will be difficult for it to win seats in the coming election, ” he added.
Meanwhile, Hasni, who is state Umno chairman, does not think Dr Mahathir’s party will be a disruption to his party.
He, however, stressed that there were more pressing needs to look into.
“The people should be our priority now, ” he said.
On Friday, Dr Mahathir, who is Bersatu’s former chairman, announced the formation of an “independent” Malay-based party that will neither be part of the Opposition Pakatan Harapan nor the ruling Perikatan Nasional.
The yet-to-be-registered party will have Jerlun MP Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as the temporary president and him as the chairman.
The new party was announced after the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled in favour of Muhyiddin and three others in their application to strike out a suit by Dr Mahathir and five others over the revocation of their Bersatu membership.
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