Ex-Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad to form new party
Published: 10:15 PM, 7 August 2020 Updated: 11:07 PM, 7 August 2020
Minister Mahathir (photo: Reuters)
Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad has announced on Friday that he wants to form a new Malay-based political party, amid talk of a possible snap election.
Mahathir revealed the wish to media while addressing at a press conference at Yayasan AlBukhary after the High Court on Friday morning dismissed a lawsuit he brought against Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) - which he had founded in 2016, for revoking his membership.
Dr. Mahathir said the new party will be registered but its name has not been decided. However, the party will be neither part of the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition nor the opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.
At the press conference, Dr. Mahathir said the party will be a Malay-based party that will focus on fighting corruption and ensure to become an Asian tiger once again.
“The party will be based on fighting for the Malays and the Pribumis. This is because the current parties that are Malay- and pribumi-based have pawned the dignity of their race and religion and have shifted focus to a group that is power-hungry,” said Dr. Mahathir.
Earlier the same day, Mahathir and four others lost a bid in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to nullify their sackings from the Malaysian United Indigenous Party, or Bersatu, which they founded in 2016 alongside Muhyiddin Yassin. Earlier this year, Muhyiddin revoked Mahathir as prime minister via an internal clash.