KUALA LUMPUR: The new Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will further divide the nation as “it is playing on the same old race and religious card,” said MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.
“Basically the party is a splinter party of Umno, same as Parti Amanah Negara is a breakaway of PAS.
“The only difference here is that here Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia is hoping to embrace Sabah and Sarawak bumiputras as they are aware that Malay votes on the Peninsular is split into at least five dominant parties now. Frankly I do not see this as a progressive.
“Despite the louder voices of wanting to free Malaysia from the race and religious political trappings, politicians are still falling back onto the proven and tested appeal of race and religion instead of ideas and political philosophy,” Ti said in a statement.
He said this showed that the “new politics” have failed and politicians and political parties “are just paying lip service to multiracial and multiculturalism.”
“There is a lack of sincerity in practice. This is just another political game playing on numbers.
“It is ironic and a paradox to claim that you are a party for all and yet you exclude non-bumiputras to be an equal member and limit them to associate membership.
“This is a joke and an insult to thinking, progressive Malaysians who hope to water down race and religious trappings in our country’s political sphere towards a united 1Malaysia,” he said.
Former deputy prime minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, on Tuesday submitted an application to register Parti Pribumi at the Registrar of Societies.
Ti said the “old men” behind the parti could not be depended on to bring the nation forward on a more progressive mode.
“To them it is all about political revenge and vindictive.
“I think the proposed new party is meant to group Tun Dr Mahathir, Tan Sri Muhyiddin, Dato’ Seri Shafie Abdul, etc and supporters with the primary objective of shifting their support to the opposition to bring Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak down.
“They are not going to be honest to the Rakyat who is tired of the old politics of divide and rule along the lines of race and religion,” Ti said.