Opposition parties should contest under one common logo in the next general election as newly formed parties like Amanah and Persatuan Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) are still not popular, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) has said.
PSM leader S Arutchelvan also claimed that the reason why the Registrar of Societies (RoS) had granted PPBM provisional approval so quickly was because Barisan Nasional (BN) believes that the new party will “complicate” seat negotiations with other opposition parties.
“The logos of Amanah and Bersatu are still not popular. The best way for the opposition to overcome this issue is to apply to register with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) a coalition like BN with a common logo.
“This way, we can evaluate how sincere and professional the ROS and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi are,” he said in a Facebook posting last night.
“I see the BN strategy as believing that Bersatu will help complicate the situation within the opposition (parties) during the coming general election due to seat negotiations issues.
“The presence of Amanah has already complicated things, and with the birth of Bersatu, it will become even more complicated,” the PSM central committee member added.
The Registrar of Societies (RoS) approved Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s application in principle pending clarifications from the party’s leadership, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced yesterday.
The deputy prime minister, who is also home minister, said the party would not be permitted, however, to use “Bersatu” as its acronym as this was not stated in the application.
PPBM’s chairman is former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad while its president is Ahmad Zahid’s predecessor, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin applied to registered PPBM with the RoS last month. The party consists largely of former Umno members, including some who were sacked by the Malay nationalist party.
The Malay Mail Online