ALOR SETAR : The successful launch of Parti Warisan (Warisan) in Kedah signifies that the party has a good presence in Malay-majority Peninsular state and is not limited to mixed-ethnicity Peninsular states such as Klang Valley, Johor, Penang, Negeri Sembilan and Perak.
Warisan Vice President, Datuk Junz Wong said although Kedah is Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS)’s stronghold and former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad l’s state of origin, it does not deter Warisan from expanding to Kedah.
“I am very excited to see the crowd during the official launching of Parti Warisan Kedah at Alor Setar on Saturday.
“Today is a historically remarkable day for Warisan. The party has proven to all Malaysians, some haters, some doubters and some supporters, that Warisan is here to stay, to fight for all Malaysians regardless of race and religion,” he said in a statement released today.
Junz said some claimed that Warisan presence in Peninsular Malaysia is merely to split the Chinese votes.
“They threw all sorts of slanderous accusations against Warisan.
“Nonetheless, in reality, Barisan National (BN) is formed by Malay-dominated UMNO, Chinese-dominated MCA and Indian-dominated MIC.
“Although Pakatan Harapan (PH) claims to be multiracial, the coalition itself is formed mainly by Chinese-centric DAP aside from Malay-centric PKR and Amanah.
“On the other hand, Perikatan National (PN) comprises Malay-oriented Bersatu and PAS as well as Chinese-oriented Gerakan,” he asserted.
Junz contended that race-based national parties could not survive long.
“With a new political culture and system that promotes multiracialism, Malaysians no longer talk about races, religions or extremism. We talk about how to progress as Malaysians without considering our race elements.
“To my brothers and sisters in West Malaysia who used to doubt Warisan’s sincere struggle, do seriously consider our party now.
“Warisan is the sole national party that accepts all races be it Chinese, Malays, Indians, Iban and Kadazandusuns to unite all Malaysians.
Junz asserted that since its inception in 2016, Warisan aims to restore the true meaning of Malaysia even though the journey towards the aspiration is challenging.
“Let us join forces together, helping Warisan and our President, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, to fulfil his dream of forming an inclusive Malaysia.
“It is the responsibility of all Malaysians to unite for a bright future for our future generations.
“To my brothers and sisters in West Malaysia, it is your call to bring about real change in Malaysia. Let us restore an inclusive, progressive and multiracial Malaysia we all can be proud of,” Junz concluded.