Here's What Non-Bumiputera Members Can And Cannot Do In Mahathir's New Party

The party is open to all Malaysians.

Cover image via The Malay Mail Online

Non-bumiputeras who join the new Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will only be allowed to second-tier membership, said former DPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the main leaders of the new Parti Pribumi at the ROS headquarters yesterday, 9 August

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"It is open to the rest as associate members; they also have same rights as normal members except to vote and contest for party positions although they can be appointed," said the former deputy prime minister when submitting the party's papers to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) yesterday, 9 August as reported by The Malay Mail Online.

"Bersatu’s membership is open for all Bumiputera citizens as well as Orang Asli, those from Sabah and Sarawak as stated in the Federal Constitution," added Muhyiddin, in a report by Malay Mail Online yesterday, 9 August.

Muhyiddin also mentioned that the party's main goal would be to defend Islam and the Bumiputera

After mentioning the party's goal clearly, the sacked DPM also spoke about how the membership is open to all Malaysians thanks to the party's "inclusive, dynamic, progressive and open nature".

"We have the reform agenda and justice for all to protect the rights and welfare of every rakyat regardless of race and religion," added Muhyiddin, when speaking to reporters at the ROS headquarters according to Malaysiakini.

Having submitted the documents for the party's registration approval, Muhyiddin also went on to read Parti Pribumi's constitution:

Asia's top debater, Syed Saddiq is set to be Parti Pribumi's head of the Challenger student group

Image via Facebook/ Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman

Below are the new party’s main aims:

- To fight for the rights of all regardless or race and religion.

- To carry out a thorough reform of the country’s institutions to create a clean and trustworthy government.

- To uphold Islam as the religion of the federation and to respect the rights of non-Muslims to practice their religion peacefully.

- To defend the special rights of the Malays and Sabah and Sarawak natives as well as the rightful rights of all races.

- To strengthen Bahasa Malaysia as the national language and to protect the rights of all races to learn their own mother tongues.

- To protect the fundamental rights of the rakyat as enshrined in the constitution and to uphold values in line with Islam.

- To strengthen the fight against corruption and abuse of power to create a practice of good governance.

- To fight for social justice and to distribute the country’s wealth fairly.

- To defend the rakyat’s welfare and to eradicate poverty regardless of race or religion.

- To fight for the right to obtain quality education for all rakyat.

- To foster peace and unity among races.

- To create unity among Malaysians to save Malaysia.

The Malay Mail Online reported that the party's leadership roles will be taken by both Muhyiddin who will be its president while Dr Mahathir will serve as Parti Pribumi's chairman

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Gabungan Ketua Cawangan Malaysia (GKCM) president Kamarul Azman Habibur Rahman will be the party’s secretary while former Langkawi Wanita Umno leader Anina Saadudin is to be treasurer.

Former Bendang Baru Umno Youth chief Akhramsyah Sanusi and head of the Challenger student group, Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, will be committee members.

During the press conference, Muhyiddin added that Parti Pribumi will work with any other political parties and non-governmental organisations with a shared interest in institutional reforms and fighting corruption.

Almost all office holders in Parti Pribumi were formerly in Umno and critics of the party leadership.

Do you think there is any difference between Malaysia's longest party in power, UMNO and the new Parti Pribumi? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Just last year, Muhyiddin was unceremoniously sacked from UMNO and stripped off his post as the deputy prime minister:

Ever since the former DPM broke his silence on the 1MDB scandal, he has been speaking a great deal about democracy and ills of money politics: