KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — The Malaysia Consultative Council of Islamic Organisations (Mapim) said the recently inked ‘Malay Proclamation’ signed between PAS and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was nothing but a political stunt.

Mapim president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said there was nothing new or inspiring about the signing while stating there were no tangible benefits to the Malay Muslim community.

“The Malays are weak, they are being dominated and their economy is in bad shape and they have to be reunited (is the message of the proclamation)... there’s nothing inspiring about it, just old narratives regurgitated.

“It’s the same old thing as the Malay Dignity Congress and the Malay Economics Resolution. There’s just nothing new here.

“I think the Malays should not give too much attention to such proclamations but rather demand for better execution of effective social-economic policies,” he was quoted as saying by New Straits Times.

He also claimed it was unsurprising that Dr Mahathir, who is also a former Langkawi MP, would start drumming up support after having lost much political influence.

Mohd Azmi also brushed off Dr Mahathir’s claims that the Malays have lost political power, stressing that it was baseless rhetoric.

“Leave out Penang and all the other states are governed by Malay menteris besar and chief ministers. In fact, the federal government’s Cabinet is filled with Malay leaders. What is he really talking about?

“Furthermore, the current government has already pledged commitment that it will not let the Malays go poor. It’s not about making proclamations but it’s about action and execution of policies that matter here,” he said.

On May 3, several PAS leaders signed the so-called Malay Proclamation — a 12-point document which touches on the purported issues faced by the Malays that cause uncertainties over their future.

The proclamation, written by Dr Mahathir, also claimed that its aim was to unify the Malay community.