We’re all familiar with having differing political opinions with our relatives, and sparking heated debates on the topic during holidays and family meetups.
Even our latest Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has his own brother setting up a new party, in the country’s democratic practice.
The UMNO vice president said that it was his elder brother Kamarazaman Yaakob’s right to set up a new party, Parti Kuasa Rakyat.
“It has been happening in Malaysia… this is democracy and that’s his right… there’s no quarrel over it and so on,” says Sabri as he chimes in about his brothers actions.
Kamarazaman launched Parti Kuasa Rakyat on October 10, which will be a multi-racial party.
Reportedly, it focuses on advocating for free education, free healthcare, and free creation of job opportunities, specifically for B40 and M40 communities.
The prime minister’s diplomatic comment on his brother’s recent activities was stated during the media conference after the pinning of the badge for Bera district police chief, Supt Mansor Samsudin who was promoted to the rank of DSP.
The event was held on Sunday at the district police headquarters at Dewan Sr Kempas, officiated by Inspector-General of Police, Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.
Kamarazaman had originally kept his brother in the dark about the new political party he’s been setting up, and Ismail Sabri only reportedly found out after the news broke in the media.
In an interview with Malaysiakini, Kamarazaman said that they are “close as siblings and respect each other’s political leanings,” and that was why Ismail was in Umno and he was in opposition parties (Semangat 46, PRM) before this.
“It is a coincidence that this party is being established after he became prime minister as I had been planning (to form this party) since two years ago.”