Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Pejuang membership is only open to the Malays to allow them to solve the various problems still hindering the community, including poverty.
“Our view is that the Malays have many problems compared to the other races, while a solution for all races is not effective for the Malays,” Mahathir, who is Pejuang’s pro tem chairman, said in a press conference at Putrajaya today.
He said the New Economic Policy was introduced to help the Malays but appeared to have benefited others more.
“We want to ensure that solutions for the Malay community are made by Malays who understand the problems of the Malays who are culturally different from others.”
However, he added that Pejuang was not “at war” with non-Malays as it needed their support to win the general election.
“We will support any good party. We are not against the non-Malays, but just focusing on overcoming the problems faced by the Malay community,” he said.
On the registration of the new party, Mahathir said it was still being processed by the Registrar of Societies.
If the process was still pending at the next general election, he added, the party had another strategy to contest at the polls.
On the Sabah election, he said Pejuang would be supporting Warisan, led by Shafie Apdal.
He said a number of Pejuang leaders would be assisting Warisan in its election campaign.