KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has named his newly founded party as Pejuang, which means warrior.
Unveiling the name on Wednesday (Aug 12), Dr Mahathir said the party was formed out of a sense of awareness and the need to fight corruption that is destroying the nation.
“So choose. Our party is formed out of a sense of awareness. Corruption destroys the nation. Corruption destroys the Malays.
“If you want positions and money, choose other parties. If you want to redeem your dignity and defend our rights, choose our party. Choose Pejuang,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook and Twitter pages.
Dr Mahathir, 95, had announced the formation of a new political party last week but did not reveal a name.
The new party – which will be led by his son Mukhriz Mahathir as president and himself as chairman – is not aligned with either Pakatan Harapan (PH) or Perikatan Nasional (PN).
Dr Mahathir had in May 2018 led the PH coalition to a historic electoral victory.
During a press conference announcing the formation of the party last week, Dr Mahathir had said that his new party is Malay-based and will be focused on fighting corruption and ensuring Malaysia "once again become an Asian tiger".