New political party for Indian Muslims launched
KUALA LUMPUR: In effort to unite the local Indian Muslim community, Datuk Jamarulkhan S. Kadir has announced the formation of Parti India Muslim Bersatu Malaysia (PIBM). Jamarulkhan S. Kadir, who is the PIBM’s protem president, said the party was formed because there is no political platform for the Indian Muslim community in the country following GE14.
“Yes, there is Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma), but the whole political scenario changed after GE14.
One of the greatest of expectation after GE14 was the the feeling among Malaysians that ‘New Malaysia’ through Pakatan Harapan & Co will finally embark on a journey of national unity.
Some of us expect a party like PPBM under Mahathir to eventually embrace diversity of ethnic membership by the time GE15 is to be held. DAP, PKR, Amanah & Warisan will also be more inclusive in their own respective ways.
Let me be blunt – PIBM wants to replace KIMMA, plain and simple, hoping to be treated as a genuine stakeholder by PH. It wants to be independent but it will also expect privileges and/or benefits from PH as an incentive.
Meanwhile, the longer PIBM exist, the longer PPBM will remain a malay-based party which will not be any good for MALAYSIANS.
steadyaku47 comment : This PIBM already has a double whammy hanging around it’s neck even before it starts. First it is an “Indian” party….any party with a “race” tainted filter, be it Malay, Chinese or Indian is, in my opinion, dated in the times post GE14. We want all political parties open to all Malaysians. Second, any political party with the word “Muslim” or any other religious connotations should be consigned to the “not acceptable” basket of Malaysian politics. All political parties in Malaysia must be more inclusive and accepting of any Malaysians if they are to be relevant to the aspirations of our people post GE14 and, as Sharifuddin says if we are to “finally embark on a journey of national unity”.