Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) new secretary-general Datuk Dr Sharuddin Salleh is known for his right-wing Malay sentiments, a Johor DAP lawmaker alleged today.
Amid calls to form a grand Opposition coalition, Skudai assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau warned his allies to exercise caution in forging new ties with politicians from the Umno splinter party.
“I am deeply concerned about what ideological stands will be taken by PPBM under the leadership of Datuk Dr Shahruddin Salleh who has repeatedly suggested to revoke the citizenship of those who failed their Bahasa Malaysia examinations in the Johor state assembly on a few occasions beforehand,” he said in a statement.
Dr Boo warned that his fellow Johorean assemblyman’s “ultra-nationalist” mindset might raise problems for the Opposition in future even as he applauded Sharuddin’s defection from the Barisan Nasional (BN) ruling coalition.
“While cheering his exit of Umno, his ultra-nationalist stands should ring a bell and cause great concerns to the Opposition pact especially in Johor.
“His exit from Umno has seemingly helped break the Barisan Nasional’s two-thirds majority in Johor, but I maintain my reservation until a more resilient Opposition pact with a clear, common and workable platform is in place,” he said.
Dr Boo also said PPBM and Sharuddin should adapt a more non-racial approach as the Pakatan Harapan Opposition bloc practises that in order to be a more cohesive unit.
To make things easier, Dr Boo suggested for Sharuddin especially to be first “rehabilitated” of his ultra nationalist mentality including a retraction of his past statements.
“I would suggest Datuk Dr Shahruddin Salleh’s mindset needs to be rehabilitated in order to suit the struggle of the Opposition pact especially for non-racial politics.
“I am deeply concerned about the fact that more race-based political parties including both BN component parties and Opposition parties alike, would actually do no good to Malaysia as a nation”, the former Johor Opposition leader said.
Sharuddin was previously reported of repeatedly calling for revocation of citizenship for Johoreans who failed Bahasa Malaysia examinations in the state assembly.
The Opposition had slammed the former Umno man for his statements and even lodged a police report against him.
The Malay Mail Online