Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad on Wednesday has named his newly-launched political party as ‘Pejuang’ means warrior.
The two-time prime minister made the announcement in a blog post, pledging to create awareness against corruption that destroys the nation, the country.
In an emotional poem published on his blog, Dr. Mahathir said, “Pejuang, Malay for Warrior, was created to fight against corruption.”
“If you wish to get positions and money, pick another party. If you wish to redeem your dignity, retain our rights, choose Pejuang (warrior),” he said.
Mahathir, 95, resigned from the prime minister’s post and sacked from the Bersatu party in February in the aftermath of the political crisis. He was succeeded by Muhyiddin Yassin, Mahathir’s one-time party and cabinet colleague.
In a press conference to announce the formation of Pejuang last week, Dr. Mahathir said his new party will be independent and centered on fighting corruption. “Malaysians suffered from the effects of corruption because their leaders valued money and power over the interest of their community,” he said.
Mahathir Mohammad first entered the country’s parliament in 1964 and led the country twice as a prime minister.