Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman remembered the ideology and idealistic stance behind the founding of the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) to his party leaders.
Simpang Renggam MP and Bersatu Supreme Council member, Maszlee Malik, also echoed the sentiments of the Bersatu Youth (Armada) wing chief.
Throughout last night’s Facebook Live talk session, Syed Saddiq said he’d rather surrender to the hands of people in the ballot box than to those who had been humiliated by citizens and kicked out of office in previous national elections.
As one of the first-term MP’s young politicians, some have told me ‘Sadiq, if you continue on this route (clean politics) you will definitely fail in the upcoming polls, or you will fail control. You should rightly be appointed a minister but you can’t become a minister if you choose this route.’
Syed Saddiq also urged members to remember the true spirit of the struggles of Bersatu and how they had all worked together to make a dream come true, without money and position.
Former Minister of Education Maszlee has urged leaders of Bersatu to carry the torch of honesty in politics.
He remembered that power and status are just fleeting advantages, adding that for these spoils to pawn off one’s ideals is tantamount to betraying one’s race and country.
There are currently two visible factions within Bersatu, seeing a majority of the members of the Supreme Council and the leaders of the state party supporting Prime Minister and Party President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Another group of the party is those behind notorious party chairman and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, including his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Syed Saddiq, exiled secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya, Maszlee and former veteran newsman Datuk A. Kadir Jasin.
Two coalitions and four parties agreed last week to form part of Perikatan Nasional (PN), once an ad hoc arrangement for forming a federal government.
Coalitions Barisan Nasional (BN) and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Bersatu, PAS, Parti Bersatu Sabah and Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) declared the announcement in a joint statement.
Fn is comprised of Umno, MCA, MIC and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah, while GPS comprises the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the Sarawak Unified People’s Party (SUPP), the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Social Democratic Party.
The statement did not, however, mention that the six are working on rendering PN an official political body. Previously, BN Secretary-General Tan Sri Annuar Musa said there was no need to hurry for the time being to recognize PN as a political body, as the change required to get approval from party members at all levels, not only the top leadership.
Meanwhile, Bersatu, Umno and PAS established the PN federal government after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong agreed in March that Muhyiddin possibly retains the command of the Dewan Rakyat majority.