FORMER premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will meet with Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin soon to discuss the Malay Proclamation.
“I would like to meet him to explain the purpose of the Malay Proclamation. The proclamation is not in support of any particular body but the support of the Malays as a whole,” said Dr Mahathir at a press conference after returning from his 13-day trip abroad to Europe and Turkiye on Wednesday (June 28).
The former Langkawi MP was responding to a news report quoting Muhyiddin saying he hoped to meet Dr Mahathir before Hari Raya Haji to discuss the Malay Proclamation.
Muhyiddin, who is also a former prime minister stated that Bersatu shared similar goals with the Malay Proclamation in uniting the Malay community in the country.
Dr Mahathir penned the 12-point Malay Proclamation and has been instrumental in promoting it.
Moreover, several notable individuals including PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang, Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and Bersatu information chief Datuk Razali Idris signed the Malay Proclamation in their personal capacities.
Meanwhile, earlier on June 2, Dr Mahathir was reportedly questioned by Bukit Aman for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy related to the Malay Proclamation campaign.
According to news portal The Star, the investigations were for allegedly insulting the royal institution.
Furthermore, Dr Mahathir had previously clarified that the Malay Proclamation was not anti-Malay.
Simultaneously, Dr Mahathir questioned Malaysian United Democratic Alliance’s (Muda) decision to go it alone as a “third force” in the state elections.
“If you go solo and stand in the election in a few seats, what can you do with a few seats. Parties that contest in the polls would field sufficient candidates who can win and for the government,” he added.
Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman stated that the Muda campaign would be primarily conducted online, with limited ground canvassing.
The youth-based party had applied to join Pakatan Harapan in September 2022 but did not receive any response. – June 28, 2023
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