Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi

KUCHING: A new Malay political party helmed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will pose more questions than provide answers to Malaysians.

Universiti Malaya (UM) political analyst Assoc Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said while forming a new party would be the best step forward for Dr Mahathir and his independent bloc, whether the party would gain support from the people was another thing entirely.

“The big question is whether the party will be supported by Malays and the former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) members.

“The Bersatu membership base is already small as it is and the Malays now are more likely to throw their support to older and more stable parties such as United Malay National Organisation (Umno) and Malaysia Islamic Party (Pas).

“Malays also have the option to join other parties such as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah),” he said when contacted on Friday.

He was commenting on a statement by former premier, Dr Mahathir that he may form another party if the Court dismisses his suit against current Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on August 7.

Awang Azman said a new party might not be able to offer competition to other established parties as the latter already had the backing of the people.

“It is not certain that a new party will be able to attract Malay followers and members as the Malays have already supported more established and tested parties,” he said.