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KUALA LUMPUR: The People's Progressive Party is confident that it's multiracial composition will give them the leverage needed to win seats in the next general election.
PPP deputy president Senator Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz said the party had adopted a multiracial approach since its constitution was amended in 1996 in encompassing the 1Malaysia spirit, even before the term was coined by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
D'Cruz was speaking to reporters after attending the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry and PPP's Christmas and New Year's open day at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.
"People misconceive PPP to be a party that champions the struggles of a particular race just by looking at who the president is.
"The fact is, we are a multiracial party with more than 25 per cent Bumiputera and more than 35 per cent Chinese members," he said, adding that the party had always had three vice-presidents representing the three main races of Malaysia.
"We are now ready to show our branding as a 1Malaysia party. Our hope is to contest in more seats to prove our strength as a party that transcends race and religion."