Tun M And 12 Others Leave Pejuang, To Continue Political Fight Under GTA
Mahathir is one of the 13 Pejuang members leaving the party to join Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA).
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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, 97, has quit Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang), a Malay party he founded two years ago, together with 12 other members.
The latest decision indicated a split in political direction with his son Mukhriz Mahathir, who currently heads the party.
Pejuang decided not to join GTA, another party Mahathir founded with several other Malay-Muslim parties in August 2022, to form a coalition.
In a statement sent to party secretary-general Amiruddin Hamzah, the 13 who are leaving said they’ll continue their political journey with Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) instead.
To us, GTA’s fight is to unite the Malay parties, non-governmental organisations, and principled individuals who continue the struggle to defend religion, race, and their homeland.The statement read.
Mahathir is Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, serving for a total of 24 years over two non-consecutive terms.
He led the Barisan Nasional government as prime minister from 1981 until 2003. In 2018, he returned to power while leading Pakatan Harapan to its first victory at the polls, while leading Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
However, he resigned abruptly after only 22 months on the job which led to the collapse of the PH administration.
After resigning as Bersatu chair before being sacked by the party in May 2020, he formed Pejuang ahead of the 15th general election (GE15).
Despite being a seasoned politician, he lost his Langkawi seat in his home state of Kedah for the first time in 53 years in GE15.
He tentatively suggested that he planned to retire from politics after losing in GE15 and focus on writing about Malaysia’s history, especially during the British occupation.
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