Muhyiddin: All can form own ‘Perkasa’
By Yoges Palaniappan
July 13, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today that anyone was free to form an association, including Chinese or Indian versions of the Malay rights group, Perkasa.
“We can have Chinese Perkasa and even Indian Perkasa,” he said today.
He said that it was an individual’s right to form an association and it was acceptable as long as it was formed with good intentions.
“The government does not stop anyone from forming a body,” he told reporters after officiating the second Asean School Games at Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium today.
Muhyiddin was responding to reports quoting MCA vice president Datuk Donald Lim as suggesting the formation of a “Chinese Perkasa” in response to the Malay rights group’s strident rhetoric and race-based demands.
Perkasa has grown from a one-man cause to include thousands of Malays who feel disaffected by proposed economic reforms that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants to use to turn Malaysia into a high-income nation for a plural society.
It has managed to influence Najib into continuing with an affirmative action policy for Bumiputeras, despite having signalled that his New Economic Model (NEM) is for all Malaysians, under his 1 Malaysia concept.
Ibrahim has used Perkasa to form an umbrella body called the Malay Consultative Council (MPM) and has received the support of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Perkasa’s demands for what it says are Malay rights has caused unease among some non-Malays, as well as moderate and liberal Malays who see the group as racist.
Muhyiddin said today Perkasa was not funded by Umno, but by independent Pasir Mas MP Ibrahim Ali, who “might want to fight for Malay rights”.
He said that when forming an organisation, individuals must take into account the country’s best interests.
“An organisation cannot be formed to attack one another. It must have a common interest which appeals to the majority of people” he stressed.
MCA leaders yesterday distanced themselves from Lim’s suggestion, pointing out that it was his personal view.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has called Lim’s suggestion “ridiculous,” saying a Chinese Perkasa would only fan racial tension.
He said earlier today that Lim’s call also did not gel with Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept.
Now we know, a vote for Barisan Nasional is a vote for DPM's argument above. What makes him think that there are many Malaysians of various races have the same kind of gutter racist mentality like Ibrahim Ali who can only repeatedly yelled "don't talk shit" at Al Jazeera - a great showcase of Malaysia to the world? Zainuddin remembered.
I take this as an insult to Malaysians' mental capacity.
I made this for Ibrahim Ali, hope he likes it
Najib's continuing silence does not make him look good. He has let some racist outsiders who know very much less than the authors of the NEM to overwrite a potential legacy builder. He also let his number 2 openly revolted against him and trampled all over his much touted rallying call to the nation and not to mention a substantial investment of tax payers' money.
Perkasa is allowed to run riot by Najib administration and I hold Najib administration responsible for the environment we live in. Under Najib's watch, we have broken new grounds:
1) death of Teoh Beng Hock and subsequent disgusting attempts to frustrate justice; and until today, just what was the corruption case MACC was working on?
2) Malaysia has experience religious terrorism for the first time; and at the rate it's going, I doubt that anyone will be found guilty
3) first time I see a Finance Minister messed up a Bursa Malaysia announcement (and subsequent non-enforcement of penalities under the listing rules) and how well this fit into our effort to promote foreign investment, corporate governance and credibility of our finance industry is anybody's guess
4) power grab in Perak and the subsequent usage of various statutory machinery and facility to frustrate the democratic process (including physical harming of an innocent tree)
Well, the voters and tax payers can enjoy the road show and, if only the implications are not so deadly serious, we can laugh it out but our future, security, welfare and livelihood and our children's same are at stake. When Idris Jala said by 2019 Malaysia will go bankrupt, I think the omitted first part of the sentence should be "IF MALAYSIANS ALLOW THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION TO CONTINUE...." well not said, chaps.