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Mahathir's Malay unity message less a call to action, more a warning

Dr Mahathir's (seated centre) open invitation for Malays to unite under the PPBM umbrella is a thinly-veiled message that his party wants to take over the crucial mantle of representing Malaysia's majority ethnic community. PHOTO: BERNAMA
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KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad let his guard down just once during Monday's (July 8) press conference, and it elicited the most telling reaction to his controversial call last Friday for Malay parties to unite under his own.

Asked about Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi rejecting his invitation, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chief retorted that "the president declined, but others want to join".

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