THE ‘new kid on the block’, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia or as they want to be known, Bersatu has called for their first press conference earlier this week.
The purpose of the press conference?
To explain more about the party, or in this case, specifically about the principles of the party as well as the finer details of its membership.
Honestly, I am surprised that Bersatu went further than the day when former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin first registered the party.
First of all, they have yet to be officially registered by the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
So, I wonder what is the need to explain about ‘principles and membership’ at this juncture, especially when there is a chance the party may not be established after all.
However, I do not want to be petty and scrutinise on the little details.
After all, it is better to look at the bigger picture.
Bersatu is set to unseat Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak from his position.
So, all these talk about reformist ‘mumbo jumbo’ should be thrown out of the window.
This is because both Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Muhyiddin have been in the government ‘long enough’ to carry out the ‘so-called’ reformist agenda.
Even Mahathir’s son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz was the chief executive of a state for a couple of years.
Are they saying that while they were in government these thoughts never crossed their mind?
So, what does these statements prove?
Bersatu is just a vehicle to carry out ‘revenge’ against Najib for all the decisions he made throughout his premiership.
Be it the exclusion of Muhyiddin from the Cabinet, or how Mukhriz was axed from the Kedah Menteri Besar post, it is clear that most of the Bersatu party members has an axe to grind with Najib.
So, how different is this party from PKR?
From the looks of it, there are not many differences.
If that’s the case, why is there a need to form Bersatu?
With a questionable party membership for the Bumi and non-Bumis, the party seemed to be destined to go nowhere.
While the party seemed to put in an interesting term cap on the post of president, I would like to remind that Mahathir was UMNO President for about six terms.
So, this term cap is just fluff to entice those on the opposite end to support this mosquito party.
Not only that, all these talks about the age limit of 35 years of age for its Youth Wing in an effort to weed out the oldies are just plain rhetorics.
How can Bersatu talk about getting the young to join when the Chairman of the Party is over 90 years old?
Oh, I forgot, there is Syed Saddique, touted as Asia’s Best Debater also in the mix.
But then, who is he again?
So, all these points seemed to lead in the same direction.
Bersatu is a party without a definitive direction and its life in the country’s political arena may not be that long after all.
Khairul Amir is an independent analyst and Malaysian Access reader. Article written is strictly his personal view. Malaysian Access does not necessarily endorse the opinions given by any third party content provider.