KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 7, 2020: Twice former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has very much stuck to his words by forming yet another party at the age of 95 and has not surprisingly named his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz as the interim president.
The Malay party has yet to have a name.
Mahathir had previously lamented that there were too many Malay dominated parties but tries to justify his decision to ironically form yet another by commenting that the others had strayed from their original aims.
With Mahathir when he made the announcement today were former PPBM members Maszlee Malik, Marzuki Yahya and Mukhriz.
Mahathir added that they would remain independent for now, but would join hands with other parties after the next national polls.
The new party’s first test is by contesting the forthcoming Slim state by-election.
Mahathir further claimed confidently that most grassroots members of PPBM were with him while another three were assemblymen.
The Mahathir-led Pakatan Harapan collapsed in late Febrary after forming the government for 22 months, with many of the elected representatives within his PPBM parting ways to form new alliances to make the formation of the current Perikatan Nasional government possible.
In a related development, a High Court today allowed applications by PPBM president and prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and three others, including the Registrar of Societies, to strike out a lawsuit against them by Mahathir and four others to challenge their termination from the party.