19/07/2016 03:07 PM
Opposition aligned political watchdog Kuasa is curious as Dr Mahathir and Co are only focused on removing Najib Razak as PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Political party watchdog, Kuasa has doubts over former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's yet to be formed party as it is only focused on toppling incumbent Najib Razak which would only lead to confusion.
"All talk, speculation and comments from the individuals, no less Mahathir, has been about why Prime Minister Najib Razak has to step down, and not about the qualities and principles of the new entity they are proposing to the Malaysian people," said Kuasa chief executive officer Praba Ganesan in a statement.
He was commenting on plans by Mahathir to form a new party. While the party has not been registered yet, a fake list of its office bearers went viral last week.
Praba said that any party formed must be clear on what they stand for since there are allegations that the party is determined to nominate Mahathir's son, Mukhriz as the prime minister.
"New players have to present their ideology, policy positions, strategic thinking and vision for the nation. Not completely, since they are finding their footing, but enough to tell the rakyat what they are and what they are not.
"It is horrible to be referred to as the party of people who have been either sacked by Umno or displaced by national leaders and cannot join Pakatan Rakyat parties due to historical acrimony.”
He added that parties formed must be of substance instead of merely being a vehicle to contest in the general election.
"This new party should not go down the path of previous initiatives of a similar ilk, filled with good intentions but no substance in terms of using the party members, only to have a party to contest in elections — like Malaysia Civil Liberties Movement, Parti Cinta Malaysia and State Reform Party.
"They have to be able to build their party through their members, not just constantly lineup veteran politicians on stages and on banners.
"At a practical level, if there is no ideology glue binding them, will the party wilt if their leaders depart?"
He also posed several other questions that raise the alarm bell for the yet to be formed party.
"What is likely to happen when and if Najib is ousted, will the party cease to have a purpose?
"How will this party consolidate its powers relative to other players on the scene? If the foreseeable end goal of a party centres around one man, is the party serving the nation or serving their own interest?