MUDA Will Formalise A Collaboration With Thailand's Move Forward Party

MUDA wants to establish political alliances with like-minded parties in Southeast Asia.

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The Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA) has announced its intention to collaborate with Thailand's Move Forward Party (MFP)

MUDA's acting president, Amira Aisya Abd Aziz, said she aims to continue strengthening ties with other like-minded political parties from neighbouring countries, to not only uplift MUDA but also enhance the country's standing in Southeast Asia, the New Straits Times reported.

During a press conference on Monday, 20 November, Amira shared that MUDA had met with representatives from MFP, and several discussions regarding the future direction for both parties were held.

"We will meet again to formalise some collaborations between both parties," she said.

MFP, which won the most seats in Thailand's national elections in May, faced controversy when party leader Pita Limjaroenrat was suspended from parliament by the Thai Constitutional Court, over allegations that he owned shares in a media company. 

According to Reuters, Chaithawat Tulathon, a former political magazine editor, is currently leading MFP while Pita clears his name.

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Amira also revealed a potential partnership with the Indonesian Solidarity Party, led by Kaesang Pangarep, the youngest son of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

MUDA reiterated its commitment to stand as a third-force opposition to the government

"Presently, we position ourselves as the third force in Malaysian politics. Syed Saddiq, despite not holding the presidency, continues to serve as a member of parliament representing MUDA in the Dewan Rakyat," Amira stated.

Former MUDA president, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, had previously withdrawn his support from the unity government and declared his role as the third-force opposition in parliament.

Syed Saddiq explained that his decision was a sign of protest against the current government, particularly in response to the dropping of 47 charges against Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in a trial involving alleged corruption.

Find out why Syed Saddiq withdrew his support from the unity government:

Syed Saddiq was recently sentenced to seven years in prison for corruption-related charges, read more here:

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