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Parti Pribumi Can’t Go Far, Says Liow

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KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will not be able to go far due to its ideology, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said the party was only concerned about one section of the community and this would not help to promote racial harmony and unity in the country.

“We do not want to see Malaysian parties becoming racial extremists,” he told reporters after launching the “Dare to Dream” short video clip competition, organised by the MCA Publicity Bureau here on Thursday.

Liow, who is also Transport Minister, said although MCA was a communal party, it has been working together with other parties like Umno and MIC towards creating a moderate, united and harmonious country.

“The Barisan Nasional alliance has defended the rights and welfare of all Malaysians,” he added.

On Tuesday, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin registered Parti Pribumi.

Memberships are only opened for Malaysians with bumiputra status only, but non-bumiputras can join as associate members, which means they cannot vote or contest in party elections.

The party is seen as a splinter party of Umno.

It was reported that Muhyiddin was expected to be president of the party with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as chairman.

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