Many keen to join Pejuang, says Mukhriz

In the spotlight: Mukhriz speaking to the press after submitting an application for Pejuang at the RoS head office in Putrajaya.

PUTRAJAYA: Despite yet to be officially registered as a political party, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air has received many queries about its membership, says Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

Mukhriz, who is expected to assume the post of party president, said many were eager to fill up forms and join his new party.

“We have received numerous messages through WhatsApp and other platforms, as well as meet up with some individuals.

“It seems they are impatient to join our party. We will do it online once it has been registered,” he told reporters after submitting an application to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) director-general Masyati Abang Ibrahim yesterday.

Also present were former education minister Dr Maszlee Malik, former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya and former deputy works minister Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh.

Mukhriz said the RoS would go through the details of the application to ensure it complied with the Societies Act.

“We hope that the RoS will approve our application as soon as possible so that we can take part in the democratic process of the country as a registered political party,” he said.

The former Kedah mentri besar also said they had requested the RoS to expedite the process but understood that several aspects of the application, including the constitution, needed to be verified.

Mukhriz said once the application was approved, they would hold an election meeting to elect 21 people to helm Pejuang’s executive committee.

He said the logo of the party was shaped like a shield to defend the honour of the people and the Malay community.

Last week, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced on his blog Chedet that his new Malay-based party would be called Pejuang, which means warrior.

He claimed that Bersatu had been hijacked to save kleptocrats.

The setting up of the new party was due to the High Court’s decision to strike out a suit by him and several others over the nullification of their Bersatu memberships on Aug 7.

The announcement triggered a wave of resignations from Bersatu leaders and members in several divisions.

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