KUALA LUMPUR — August 12, 2020: Twice former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad today publicly unveiled the name Pejuang for his new party.
In doing so the 95-year-old again reiterated that the party was formed to save the Malays from kleptocracy, something he claimed his previous party Pribumi Bersatu had failed to do.
“We made a new party to save us. That party was hijacked to save our enemies. Such was Pribumi Bersatu. Built to eradicate kleptocracy but ended-up saving it.
“Why? Because of positions and money. This party [Pejuang] was formed out of a realisation. That corruption corrupts the Malays. Those who want positions and money choose other parties.
“But those who want to redeem their dignity, to protect their rights choose us, choose Pejuang,” said Mahathir in a statement. The party was formed last Friday.
Mahathir maintains that a new Malay party is needed because by his reckoning other Malay parties had gone astray from safeguarding Malay interests.
His son Datuk Seri Mukhriz will be Pejuang’s president.
Today’s announcement is three days ahead of the nomination day for the Slim state by-election which Pejuang intends to contest on August 29.
Mahathir led Pakatan Harapan to victory in the last general elections in May 2018 but the government collapsed in late February when Pribumi Bersatu left the coalition to form the current Perikatan Nasional government with Barisan Nasional and other new allies.