KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 ― Former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s decision to form a new party is more than welcomed, Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa said today.
He said Shafie’s decision was in line with the democratic system practised here in Malaysia.
“Anyone who opens a new party, we welcome because they can take part of the democratic process.
“It is not wrong for Shafie to add another one (more party). Don’t stress about the elections, the more the merrier. Let us run and let the people decide,” Annuar Musa said during a press conference today.
The Ketereh MP also urged Shafie to complete his party formation soon so that he will be prepared to contest in the general elections.
“We hope he can faster set up the party because the elections are nearing,” he added.
Shafie went to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) in Putrajaya earlier today in a bid to lead a new multiracial party that will replace an existing Sabah-based one.
Annuar suggested that Shafie was not joining Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia because their platforms were dissimilar.
PPBM is headed by former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was sacked from the Cabinet at the same time as the former rural and regional development minister.
Shafie also left Umno shortly after Muhyiddin was sacked from the party.
“He doesn’t really agree with Muhyiddin and wants to start an own party. A Sabah-based party, let him go ahead,” Annuar said.
Shafie today announced plans to take over an existing Sabah party and transform it into a multiracial organisation.
PPBM purports to be Bumiputera-centric but is viewed as a Malay party.