Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia – to be registered today and already tongues and tweets are wagging as to what the name actually stands for.
The first thing that comes to mind in Malaysia when one mentions ‘Pribumi’ is Perkasa, the ultra-Malay NGO with its comedic leader Datuk Ibrahim Ali, who never fails to amaze Malaysians as to how ‘patriotic’ one can be for a Bumified-Malaysia.
And for a new political party, headed by supposedly the smartest Prime Minister we ever had and supposedly intelligent followers, some are asking what is this ‘pribumi’ word doing in the name of the new party.
They have not made it a secret from the start that it will only be a Malay based party, but ‘pribumi’ makes it all the more bumi than Umno which is only for Malays.
One tweet asks them to change the name to sound more hip and catchy. One suggested that they change it to Parti Orang Kecewa (POKE), so that it goes with the Pokemon trend now – as the party is known to be made up of those who were disappointed with Umno.
Another asks if its ideology would be ‘pi mai, pi mai, more of the same’, making fun of the Penang saying “pi mai, pi mai, tang tu” (back and forth but just the same).
And what would its acronym be – PBM? One tweet says that could stand for “Parti Baru Mahathir” or “Parti Baru Mukhriz” or “Parti Baru Muhyiddin” as these founding fathers of the party all have their names starting with ‘M’. One said maybe it would be “Parti Bahasa Melayu”.
And why that word ‘Bersatu’ (united), one wonders. Is it to vie with Umno which has ‘Bersatu’ in it?
Also if translated into English, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia would be United Pribumi Malaysian Organisation /Party – it just does not get an acronym like Umno.
Mahathir and gang could have definitely come up with better name, many say, but then it is likely Mahathir would retort, “What’s in a name – for any rose smells just as sweet.”
And if you ask him what’s with the name, he would smile his sly smile and say “Apanama?”