Simpang Renggam MP Maszlee Malik has announced his exit from Mahathir’s new party, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air, citing a need to focus on his work as Simpang Renggam MP.
“I wish to focus full time on (assisting) the public affected by the Covid-19, especially in Simpang Renggam and the rest of the country in general,” he said in a statement on Nov 2.
He then added that he will continue his efforts in movements to make changes in Malaysian education as an independent Parliament member.
“I believe the rakyat have grown nauseous with the game of power and politics by the elite Politikus, I believe the rakyat is in need of politicians who focus on supporting and truly solving the adversaries they are currently facing.”
In fact, his statement comes after Parti Pejuang released a media statement regarding Budget 2021 to be analyzed before any decision were to be made.
Maszlee is also the former Education Minister under Pakatan Harapan government. He then made his resignation in January 2020 while Pakatan Harapan was still in power.
He criticized for various issues including the introduction of black shoes, Seni Khat and pre-university matriculation course.
With Maszlee’s withdrawal, it also means that two MPs who previously pledged supports to Mahathir have left him.
Syed Saddiq’s New Party
Besides Maszlee Malik, another MP who did not join Parti Pejuang is Syed Saddiq.
The Former Youth Minister and current Muar MP, Syed Saddiq, is also not joining the Malay-centric political party.
Syed Saddiq mentioned that he never got into politic to seek power, but instead as a way to amplify the voices of the youths.
Instead of joining any political party, Syed Saddiq has formed a new political party. The party will be known as the Malaysia United Democratic Alliance (Muda).
The new party will be multi-racial as he said. It will strive to champion the interests of the people, instead of consolidating his own political position.
Despite criticisms that a multi-racial party may not appeal to the Malay voters, he remains optimistic that Muda can win the trust of all Malaysians, irrespective of their race and religion.
On Aug 24, Saddiq confirmed that he will be forming a youth-centric political party after parting ways with his mentor, Mahathir Mohamad, who formed a new Malay-based political party, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang).
While Mahathir has raised doubts over Saddiq’s newly formed party.
Registration Under Processed
Previously, Pejuang was seeking clarification from Registrar of Societies (RoS) on the status of their application to register the party.
The secretary-general of the party, Amiruddin Hamzah said it has been three months since they submitted their application, but have yet to hear anything from RoS.
In response, Parti Pejuang’s application for registration is still being processed, said the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
Mahathir said that the party’s sponsorship committee is always open and ready. They are willing to do anything that is needed to immediately complete the registration process.
He then added that the party also hoped that the RoS would stop the political game planned by certain parties. Moreover, Mahathir believes that the delay of the registration is to prevent the formation of Parti Pejuang. Currently, Parti Pejuang is not in line with the Perikatan Nasional government.
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