PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new bumiputra-based party will do nothing but further split up the country, says MCA.
Its Religious Harmony Bureau secretary Chris Daniel Wong recognised the former premier’s contributions to Malaysia’s economic growth in the past but added that Dr Mahathir tended to use “divide and conquer” strategies to achieve his goals.
“Precisely now the Chinese community should have seen enough,” said Wong in a statement on Monday.
“The intention and thoughts of forming a new single race-based political party is only seen to tear this nation apart further in an age where race-based politics do not appeal to the majority of the electorate, especially the Gen-Y,” he said.
Wong said he was puzzled over Dr Mahathir’s intentions, considering his protégé, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, had “won under the ticket of Barisan Nasional on a multi-racial political platform.”
He called on Malaysians not to be fooled by the new political party, saying “it does not serve to integrate the people of all races but rather serves to disintegrate Malaysian society further”.
“Racism is back in a new form and the people should be wise to discern and reject it at the first opportune,” he said.
Former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim had suggested last month that Muhyiddin would return to politics as president of the new party, citing “inside sources”.
It had also been reported that the party would be an all Malay or Bumiputera party, somewhat similar to Umno.
Last week, Muhyiddin said he would be applying to register the party with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) soon.