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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman said he would press Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) to stop restricting full memberships to the Bumiputra if Pakatan Harapan becomes the federal government for two terms.
The head of PPBM’s youth wing maintained that his party needed time to introduce suitable reforms that would make such racial restrictions less necessary.
“What I say (about non-Malay inclusivity in PPBM) is what I believe in and what I will fight for,” he told Malay Mail, adding that he will also urge other parties to become multiracial.
“However, this doesn’t mean wiping out the Malay identity, but there’s no need for a pure race-based party. It can be predominantly Chinese or predominantly Malay, but it should be multi-racial,” said Syed Saddiq.
The party filled primarily with former Umno leaders and supporters technically limits full membership to the Bumiputra community, but in practice, it is Malay-only.
Non-Bumiputra are allowed a limited associate membership, but those in this category have no say in the party as they cannot stand for or vote in internal elections.
According to Syed Saddiq, this was necessary for the party’s ambitions of challenging Umno in the rural Malay heartland where racial considerations are still important.
“We had a long debate and discussion when we were forming up PPBM, whether or not it was better to be Malay-based or multiracial. In the end, we needed to break Umno’s strongholds first, so we needed a transition period,” he said.
However, Syed Saddiq explained his party knew that non-Malay support would still be vital, saying this was why it created the limited membership for the group.
This would help if and when PPBM opens its doors to others beside the Bumiputera.
“I acknowledge with great empathy the need to move forward, it’s not a perfect model,” he said.
To illustrate that the racial restrictions were not wholesale, Syed Saddiq pointed out that his Arm [...]
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PETALING JAYA, Jan 16 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Pakatan Harapan will discreetly address members’ complaints about his selection as its candidate for prime minister.
The PH chairman said the matter will be resolved internally, claiming that the issue was not one that needed publicity.
“We are not dismissing anyone (opinion). There would definitely be those who do not agree,” Dr Mahathir told a press conference after chairing the PH presidential council meeting today.
“We will (discuss) later if they don’t agree. But this is an internal matter, there’s no need for the media to know,” he added.
PH announced Dr Mahathir as its candidate for the position of prime minister during its second annual convention earlier this month.
The Selangor chapter of PKR has openly disagreed with Dr Mahathir's selection, and did not endorse him in a statement signed by the leaders of other components in the state.
PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is also state PKR chief, previously said the Selangor PKR was not consulted on the joint statement and the absence of his signature did not mean the state PKR did not support the decision to name Dr Mahathir as PM candidate.
However, his deputy Zuraida Kamaruddin previously expressed disappointment over the selection of Dr Mahathir to be PH's prime minister, saying it suggested the pact lacked depth among its leaders. [...]
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