PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Rakyat will have a minimal impact on the political scene as it is a new party and has to depend on the other opposition parties, said Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pic).
The Deputy Home Minister said the party did not have any sort of political infrastructure and grassroots support, making them dependant on the opposition parties, which are now in disarray.
He downplayed former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s influence, saying that the younger generation did not resonate with his legacy.
“I don’t think young people will support his party, they would rather support a traditional opposition party such as PKR, PAS or DAP,” Nur Jazlan told The Star Online in an interview.
He said as far as he was concerned, Parti Pribumi should be allowed to be registered.
He said Umno was united towards winning the next general election.
“Never split before a general election and also maintain the unity. That would be the recipe to win the general election.
“As it is today if Umno is united and the opposition is split, therefore Umno’s chances of winning the general election is enhanced,” he said.
Nur Jazlan, who is Pulai MP, said the position of party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Umno “is very strong as there is no challenger to him.”
He said the government would be focusing on security issues, especially the threat of terrorism.
Former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin submitted papers to the Registrar of Societies to register Parti Pribumi recently. The party’s leaders comprised past Umno leaders, such as Dr Mahathir and his son Mukhriz.