Hornbill Unleashed

August 9, 2016

Parti Apanama is now Pribumi Bersatu

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:00 PM

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?”

Zakiah Koya



  1. Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Should translate Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Emperor’s new clothes” into Bahasa Malaysia. It would be the first step to teaching Malays to think.

    The story is about two weavers who tell their Emperor that the new suit they have woven for him is invisible to those who are incompetent, unintelligent and general unworthy of their position. There is, of course, no suit at all, but the Emperor falls for the trick because of his vanity and ends up parading naked through town. His courtiers scramble to compliment the Emperor on his new clothes for fear of being called stupid and incompetent – in the end, only a child has the courage to point out the embarrassing truth.

    Unfortunately, no one in Putrajaya, the various religious councils, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Police, the media or academia has the same courage as that child.

    Malaysia can only become a success story if we have more men and women who dare to speak the truth. If Tun Dr Mahathir’s new party fails to produce such truth-tellers then we will remain the same country, driven by delusions of grandeur and undermined by armies of sycophants.

    However, we can have many Malaysians with the courage of that young boy if we understand the value of speaking the truth. This was what Andersen’s tale was all about. Let’s hope the new party will publish and translate the book far and wide; who knows, we may have a few such young boys and girls in future.

    Source: http://www.zaid.my/

    Comment by Alfred — August 10, 2016 @ 2:11 PM | Reply

  2. It is actually a rerun of UMNO’s first split in 1987 whereby they had Team A and B, and later renamed the winner as UMNO Baru and ultimately became just UMNO. Same people, same ideology, same mentality, same greediness, same style of talking, same impressions on rakyat’s stupidity. So, I will stick with Pakatan Rakyat – No BN, No PAS and No Bersatu.

    Comment by Basri — August 10, 2016 @ 11:24 AM | Reply

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