Malaysia: Dr Mahathir’s Pejuang gets chilly response in Langkawi

  • Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s latest party has failed to ignite the interest of his Langkawi constituents even as sacked Bersatu grassroots leaders and members believe more will quit to join Pejuang, which applied for registration on 19 Aug 20.
  • From random interviews with Langkawi folk, several told The Malaysian Insight they are unclear about Pejuang’s purpose and did not see the need for so many Malay parties.
  • Unlike Bersatu, which Dr Mahathir co-founded in 2016 and led during the 14th general election in 2018 with Pakatan Harapan, Pejuang is at a disadvantage and weaker position compared with Umno and PAS.
  • Putra Iqmal Hashim said if Pejuang is to contest in Langkawi, it might find votes hard to come by even though Dr Mahathir is popular on the tax-free island.
  • De facto Pejuang president Mukhriz Mahathir provided the rationale for the party logo, saying it sports a Jawi character to symbolise “Pejuang” and that the three dots above stand for religion, faith and the Rukun Negara.

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