Muhyiddin Yassin Is The President Of Dr. M's New (Bumi-Only?) Party

It is being touted as a substitute to UMNO.

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Muhyiddin Yassin, who was sacked from the post of the Deputy PM by his once BFF Najib, is all set become the poster boy of a newly announced political party that is being touted to take on UMNO

Muhyiddin and Najib in happier times.

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In a Facebook post today, 4 August, Muhyiddin wrote that he will be applying to register the new political party, headed by Dr. Mahathir, with the Registrar of Societies (RoS). Muhyiddin will be its President.

"A meeting on the new party held at Dr. Mahathir's residence last night went smoothly. I will submit the application to RoS (Registry of Societies) soon. Let's pray that the application will be approved. God willing, we will do the best for the people and the country," Muhyiddin wrote on his Facebook earlier today.

The new party will have seven founding committee members

(From left) Kamarul Azman, Anina, Muhyiddin, Dr Mahathir, Mukhriz, Akhramsyah Muammar and Syed Saddiq.

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They are namely as, Dr. Mahathir, former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz, former Langkawi Wanita Umno leader Anina Saadudin, Gabungan Ketua Cawangan Malaysia (GKCM) president Kamarul Azman Habibur Rahman, student group Challenger leader Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi. It is understood the registration documents will be submitted on Friday.

Speaking to Malaysiakini about the need for a new party, Syed said that they needed "a new platform now", adding that they "want to form a new party that will not repeat mistakes made in the past."

However, the new party is expected to be Malay-based in composition.

In fact, FMT quoted former Langkawi UMNO member Anina Saadudin, who is a founding member if the new party, as saying that it will cater only to the Bumiputeras.

"This new party caters to the Bumiputeras, even the name of the party has been set and now all that’s left is to just wait for an official announcement later," Anina told FMT.

Many are touting the new party as a substitute to UMNO currently led by PM Najib, which Dr. Mahathir has claimed is beyond redemption, reported Malaysiakini.

Commenting on the formation of the new party, prominent human rights activist Ambiga Sreenevasan welcomed it, saying that the new party will add to the opposing voices in the political arena.

"The more, the merrier," Ambiga told the Malay Mail Online.

"I would have thought it strengthens it. I think it will strengthen it,” the National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president told reporters outside the Prime Minister’s Office here, when asked if Muhyiddin’s party would strengthen or split the opposition voice on the 1MDB issue. “We should wait and see how it works and I think it will work well.”

Previously, Dr. M had also mooted an idea of a "council of elders" to advise a Prime Minister, who would replace Najib Razak as it would allow the new PM to listen to different opinions:

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