Putra hopes to join Malaysian political scene

Rizanizam Abdul Hamid

KUALA LUMPUR: The formation of Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) was announced today, making it the country's 56th political party.

The announcement was made by its pro tempore president Datuk Ibrahim Ali who said the party was formed to defend the rights of Islam and Malays.

Carrying the symbol of the 'tanjak' (Malay headgear), Putra's application to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) was made online on Aug 13.

Also present at the announcement which was held at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru, here, today, were former Umno Supreme Council member and former deputy information minister Tan Sri Khalid Yunus.

Ibrahim said Putra's party constitution was almost similar to that of the old Umno in 1946.

"Its core principles inherit the spirit of the struggles from hundreds of years ago. We are party for the marhaen (common folk) which is clean and free from money politics.

"We can cooperate with any other parties but will not join their bloc like what Pakatan Harapan (PH) did," he said.

According to Ibrahim, Putra will continue to hold on to the principle of fighting for all agendas pertaining to the interests of the Malays and Islam.

"In terms of party membership, we do not want too many because we care about quality, unlike Umno who has three million members, a lot of money, but they lost in the general election.

"We are aiming for one state constituency to have maybe 500 members, or 1,500 members per parliamentary constituency," Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim who is also Perkasa president was asked on his position in the non-governmental organisation (NGO), to which he replied his status was akin to the Malay adage 'gantung tidak bertali' (hanging without a rope).

In May this year, Ibrahim resigned as Perkasa president but his resignation letter was not accepted.

Ibrahim said he believed his predicament will be resolved once Putra's regisration is approved by the RoS. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd