Dr M: I chose Putra to continue championing Malay rights


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left) receives his appointment letter from Putra president Datuk Ibrahim Ali on Wednesday (March 1). - Photo: Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he has chosen Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) as his new platform to fight for Malay rights but would not ignore the interests of other races.

"Although I’m already 97 years old, my heart is still for the struggle of the Malays, who are now facing more problems than the other races. This is not about racism.

"We need to see the Malays getting their share in our country, as now they do not control the economy and politics. If we do not save the Malays, our country will be beset with problems,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said this at a press conference after receiving his membership card and appointment as Putra adviser from Putra president Datuk Ibrahim Ali here Wednesday (March 1).

On Feb 10, Dr Mahathir announced that he and 12 other members of Pejuang were leaving the party he founded following the party’s decision to cut ties with Gerakan Tanah Air.

Asked on Putra’s participation in the six state elections to be held this year, Dr Mahathir said this would be decided after he had held meetings with the top leadership of Putra.

"We will consider but we are facing many problems. We do not have money; we do not want elections to be dominated by only those with money,” he said.

Meanwhile, Putra deputy president Tan Sri Mohd Khalid Yunus said since news broke that Dr Mahathir was prepared to join Putra, the party had received more than 1,000 new applications.

He also said Putra had set March 7 to April 6 for holding divisional general meetings, May 7 for the central delegates conference and April 8 for the leadership election. - Bernama

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Nation

Cops arrest four in connection with four-wheel drive vehicle thefts
Trader robbed of RM15,000 gold necklace by machete-wielding suspect in Buntong
Sungai Bakap assemblyman laid to rest
Notification of Sungai Bakap seat vacancy to be sent to EC on May 25, says Penang CM
Explain May 16 fiasco even after U-turn on 40% revenue rights review, ex-CM tells Sabah govt
Ebit Lew trial: Witness denies flirting, having relationship with preacher
Sabah's Tunku Abdul Rahman Park signs sister park agreement with a Korean national park
Taiwan aims for tourism boost through collaborative workshop
Anwar calls for more empathy, open dialogue between faiths
Dr Wee extends condolences to Nor Zamri’s family

Others Also Read