PETALING JAYA Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new Malay-based party will be called “Pejuang”, which means warrior in Bahasa Malaysia.
This was announced on Dr Mahathir’s blog “Chedet” on Wednesday (Aug 12) via a Bahasa Malaysia poem, which claimed that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) had been hijacked to save kleptocrats.
“Corruption destroys our race and corruption destroys the Malays. If you want positions and money, choose another party.
“If you want to redeem your dignity and defend our rights, choose our party, choose Pejuang, ” said Dr Mahathir, who just turned 95 last month.
Dr Mahathir announced the formation of a new Malay-based party, following the High Court’s decision to strike out a suit by him and others over the nullification of their Bersatu memberships last Friday (Aug 7).
At that time, Dr Mahathir hadn’t given a name to the new party yet.
The new party will include former Bersatu MPs such as Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Dr Maszlee Malik, Datuk Marzuki Yahya, Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh, Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah, and Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Dr Mahathir’s announcement of his new party last Friday triggered a wave of resignations from Bersatu leaders across several party divisions.
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