KLANG: Former Kapar PKR deputy division chief K. Vasantha Kumar says he will be joining Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) soon.
Vasantha Kumar said he had confidence that Bersatu will become a multi-racial party based on party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s speech at Bersatu’s national congress last month.
“Tan Sri Muhyiddin had said the party’s constitution will be amended to allow non-bumiputras to become Bersatu members with equal status with other members. I have faith in what the party president said,’’ said Vasantha Kumar.
Vasantha Kumar was one of the five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders detained under the now-repealed Internal Security Act in 2007.
Muhyiddin had also stated in his speech that 200,000 members from the non-governmental organisations (NGO) Penggerak Komuniti Negara, Nation of Women, Pemuda Negara and Wanita Muda Negara had applied to join Bersatu.
The four NGOs are linked to former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali - who is now a Bersatu member - and Vasantha Kumar is the Kuala Langat Penggerak Komuniti Negara chief.
Vasantha Kumar said they were now waiting to determine which position Azmin would be given in Bersatu’s top echelon leadership before officially joining the party.
“He has to be given one of the top positions,’’ Vasantha Kumar added.
Meanwhile, Selangor Bersatu chief Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari told The Star recently that the party will probably establish a separate wing for non-bumiputras.
He added the wing would select its own leaders and the president of the non-bumiputra wing will become a vice-president in the main party.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari told reporters recently that non-bumiputras joining Bersatu would not enjoy equal position as regular party members as they would be taken in only as associate members.
“Becoming associate members is akin to being second-class members in the party. It happened in PAS (with the PAS Supporters Club for non-Muslims) but the party still could not pull in many non-Muslim members,’’ said Amirudin, who is Selangor PKR chief.
He added that PKR was the best multi-racial party so far in the history of Malaysia.
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