Kota Bharu, June 16, 2015:

Kelantan Umno information chief Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad has welcomed Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia’s (Pasma) decision to form a new political party in the country.

He said, with Pasma transforming into a political party, it would prove that Malaysia is a country which practised a genuine democracy.

“Good luck with politics and setting up a new party to Pasma, we welcome the set up which is in line with the democracy system practised here.

“This is just my opinion, but I think it would mean that it is another division of the Malays where actually we should be united,” he said.

Md Alwi also urged for the Malays to stay united in facing the new wave of Islamic awakening and progress.

He said the effort made by several quarters to divide the Malays was seen as a success as there are more division among the Malays now.

“I hope we would not let others fool us, by those who are trying to divide the Malays,” he said after an event held at the PPK Peringat hall here today.

The Kok Lanas assemblyman also commented on the statement made by former Premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who said that Umno would lose in the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14).

According to Md Alwi, nobody could predict the future and stressed that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak would not let it happen.

“The time now is completely different than of the time when Dr Mahathir was in power and the ‘mixture’ brought by Najib is different from his. So Dr Mahathir has to accept that change.

“I know that the reason Dr Mahathir gave the advice was because he cares about the party and the country but it should not be made in a way that could jeopardise the home that we have built for a long time.”

On Saturday, Pasma president Datuk Phahrolrazi Mohd Zawawi announced he will form a new party, comprising a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGO) to ensure Pakatan Rakyat remains relevant.

The president of Pasma, an opposition-friendly NGO consisting of mostly PAS members, however, said the name of the new party would only be announced after Hari Raya.

Phahrolrazi explained the idea for a new party stemmed from the latest developments within PAS, whose leadership he said was made up of those who were not so PR friendly.

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