PETALING JAYA: A new political outfit is in the works, and the individuals spearheading it are former Umno leaders Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Ezam Mohd Nor.
Khairuddin, speaking to FMT, said the party which has yet to be named, would focus on the youth, specifically the Gen Ys, to mould them into future politicians who, first and foremost, are against any corrupt practices.
“We are a single objective party that aims to fight against corruption,” the former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief said.
He added at the moment, the Gen Ys (those born in the 1980s and early 1990s) appeared to be sidelined and abandoned. But the new party he and Ezam are forming will make the Gen Ys its priority.
Khairuddin also told FMT his party would not be competing against the largest opposition pact, Pakatan Harapan (PH).
Instead, the party will complement PH and its new ally, Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
“Whatever weaknesses PH has, we will take over the responsibility of plugging that hole. And for the 14th general election, we are only asking to be given two seats,” he said.
The two seats are Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Pekan parliamentary seat, which Khairuddin said Ezam will be contesting, and Second Finance Minister Johari Abdul Ghani’s Titiwangsa seat which he is aiming for.
“If the Registrar of Societies (RoS) approves this party, then we will make a formal application to PH, to ask them if we can be a component party.
“We also chose Pekan and Titiwangsa because the MPs for these two constituencies are the two people leading the finance ministry, which is where the country’s financial problems stem from.
“We want to fix this, we want to stop any form of corruption in this ministry.”
Khairuddin said he and Ezam have yet to formally inform PH leaders or Mahathir of their plans, but will do so soon.
This is because he felt indebted to them for having helped him and other activists to make their People’s Declaration movement a success.
“We don’t want the other opposition leaders to misunderstand our objectives.
“So we will meet them soon to explain this to them and we hope they will let us assist them in the next general election.”
According to Khairuddin, since Ezam announced the plan to form the new party yesterday, the two of them had received “thousands of calls” from youth and youth activists interested in joining their cause.
These youth may not be old or experienced enough to contest in the next elections. But they can be part of the PH election machinery and gain insights on how the political world works.
Come the 15th general election, they will be ready to take on the role of the country’s future leaders, added Khairuddin.
“It is not about us, we just want to help shape them into credible leaders who can take over from us one day.
“That’s why for now we are not rushing to be a big party. That can come later, maybe by the 15th general election.” -FMT