Dr M planning a new Malay-Muslim coalition


PUTRAJAYA: A new Malay-Muslim movement called “Gerakan Tanah Air” is in the works to take on Umno in the next general election.

The coalition is the brainchild of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister who was also behind the formation of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) as well as Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang).

“Our members will be exclusively Malay and this is not because we are racist. It is to take on another Malay party – Umno – during the next general election,” said the Pejuang chairman.

The coalition will consist of four political parties, NGOs, academicians and individuals.

The parties are Pejuang, the National Indian Muslim Alliance Party (Iman), Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) and Berjasa.

Dr Mahathir said a Malay movement was needed to get the backing of Malays, and he called upon Malays who were doubtful of their future to support it.

Dr Mahathir, who will also be Gerakan Tanah Air chairman, said the rights of the Malays “would be strengthened” with the new movement.

“A majority of those in poverty are Malays. Due to this, they are facing various problems which include having to sell their lands,” he told a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here yesterday.

While pointing out that the gap between the rich and the poor could create tensions and instability, Dr Mahathir also raised the racial bogeyman.

“In the city, there are those from a certain race and in the villages, there are those from other races.

“This is not good for political stability, which can cause unwanted issues, such as clashes, to occur,” he said.

The coalition plans to field candidates in 120 seats, with its main focus on Malay-majority seats in the peninsula.

“We will focus on the peninsula first. Although we do have a small movement in Sabah, there are no plans to contest there yet,” he said.

He said no name had been proposed yet for the post of prime minister.

Dr Mahathir added that the movement had a strong chance of winning multi-cornered contests in Malay-majority seats.

“Most Malaysians oppose corruption, so we stand a good chance because people will want change,” he said in reference to seats contested by Umno and Bersatu.

He asaid the movement would submit an application to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) soon.

“If ROS can be lenient towards Umno and allow it to postpone party polls, we hope it can also be lenient in our case,” said Dr Mahathir.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Nation

Police to investigate issue involving retired cop Amar Singh
Ong Hong Peng appointed Tourism Malaysia chairman
Two injured in Semporna accident involving ice-laden lorry
Pakatan leaders question if BNS awarded LCS contract to clear corporate debts
Woman survives fall from 19th floor in Penang
Transport Ministry waiting for proof-of-concept report on Kuching's autonomous rapid transit
Forty-six people with storm-damaged homes at relief centres in Johor
Peja unfazed by possibility of GE15 face-off with Anwar
Annuar: Ministry to take immediate action over iPay88 issue
No room for communist activities to re-emerge in country, says former cop

Others Also Read