There will be another “PKR” joining the upcoming General Election 15 in Malaysia, but this PKR is not the political party that you are familiar with.
Yesterday (10 October), a new political party known as Parti Kuasa Rakyat (PKR) was launched by the Prime Minister’s elder brother, Kamarazaman Yaakob.
The founding president said that PKR is the party is a multiracial political party that will support the Barisan Nasional (BN) and they aimed to fill the void in the temporary alliance.
Kamarazaman said that PKR would be glad if BN choses to accept the party as a component in the coalition too, as reported by Bernama.
Meanwhile, he assured that PKR is not here to replace the role of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) nor the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) as PKR is a multiracial party.
He also said that other than United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) which is the Malay-based party in the coalition, there is no more support for the Chinese-based MCA and Indian-based MIC.
“There is a void in BN and it depends on how far they are willing to accept us.” he said, adding that things will also depend on the political conditions and situations.
Nonetheless, he said that the ongoing pandemic has taught them that unity is the key to achieving success, and this is the right time for them to think and act like Malaysians for the nation.
According to BFM News, Parti Kuasa Rakyat aims to achieve the following:
- Pushing for free education, healthcare and housing
- Abolishing the PTPTN (National Higher Education Fund Corporation) in lieu of scholarships for B40 and M40 students
- Empowering B40 and M40 households and the youth in the country
Kamarazaman also stressed that his party will hear out to everyone regardless of their race and religion.
“All races are affected, so each race will speak as Malaysians on the real issues affecting the people.” he said.
However, Kamarazaman said that he did not get his brother’s blessings as they always had different opinions. As for now, he said that there are no candidates for the next general election, but they will campaign for BN and provide support to them. He also expects the party will grow to have 300,000 members by March next year.
It was reported that Parti Kuasa Rakyat is in the midst of a discussion with another party to merge and form a new leadership, but the party is not disclosed.
Kamarazaman also denied any allegations that his party was orchestrated by other parties, including his brother who is the Prime Minister.
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