PERKASA IS TRUE TO ITS CHARACTER
Gerakan’s Teng says received threat from Perkasa
By Opalyn Mok
March 25, 2013
GEORGE TOWN, March 25 ― Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow today alleged of a threat from Malay rights group Perkasa over his dispute of its role in an anti-Pakatan Rakyat rally yesterday.
An irked Teng yesterday proclaimed that Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) would not have participated had it known the rally was by Perkasa.
Today, the Penang BN chairman received a text message allegedly from Perkasa threatening to withdraw its support for Gerakan because of his statement.
The text message read: “You think Gerakan candidates can win without Malay Perkasa votes? Perkasa members can stay at home where Gerakan contest. No problem. Tq. Sec gen Perkasa.”
Showing the text message at a press conference after the launch of a Penang 1 Malaysia Hawkers Cooperative at the Penang Chinese Town Hall here, Teng said he was not intimidated by the threat.
Penang BN chief Teng Chang Yeow’s participation in a Perkasa-linked rally yesterday has landed him in the soup with various quarters, including the aforementioned Malay rights group.
Teng said Perkasa has sent him a fiery text message chiding him for his remarks on Malaysiakini yesterday, that he would not have attended the rally if he had known about their participation.
“U think Gerakan candidate can win without Malay Perkasa voters? Perkasa members can stay at home where Gerakan contest. No problem. Tq. Sec Gen Perkasa,” Teng showed the text message sent to him this morning.
“I did not reply to the message,” he added, reiterating that he would not have attended the event involving some 5,000 people at the Speakers Square yesterday if he had known of Perkasa’s involvement.
Gerakan, like another BN component MCA, has often had a thorny relationship with Perkasa, which in turn is a fervent supporter of Umno.
Penang BN chief Teng Chang Yeow was unhappy that he had attended a rally in Penang which involved Malay rights pressure group Perkasa.
A visibly irate Teng told reporters that he would not have attended the rally had he known of Perkasa’s involvement.
“If they want to claim that they organised this, what can I do? I’m already here,” Teng said when asked why he was attending the event.
“If they want to sneak in, what can I do? I would not be here if I knew Perkasa was part of it,” said Teng, who is also the Penang Gerakan chief.
Teng was among the BN leaders spotted at the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu Pulau Pinang at Padang Kota Lama, organised by 120 NGOs, including Perkasa.
As of 3pm, some 3,000 BN supporters were at the scene. Many of them boarded about 60 chartered busses to attend the event. According to Penang Umno Youth chief Shaik Hussein Mydin, some 2,000 motorcyclists from the mainland also participated in the event.
BN, Pakatan reps move to bury May 13 ghost
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 — Malaysia will never again witness another bloody racial clash like the May 13 tragedy, Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) politicians gave an assurance today, finding common ground in their rejection of Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s latest tirade against the Chinese.
Despite acknowledging Ibrahim’s claim to be pro-BN, leaders from the ruling pact were quick to distance themselves from the Perkasa chief, whose latest rhetoric included a threat that May 13 could repeat if the Chinese grew more powerful.
MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said that instead of helping BN, Ibrahim was doing the pact a “disservice” by spewing more racially-charged remarks.
MIC vice-president Datuk SK Devamany, “He needs to be careful in making these remarks … the Prime Minister is bringing the 1Malaysia concept, the concept of unity … these kind of remarks will make some citizens angry.”
People’s Progressive Party (PPP) president Datuk Seri M. Kayveas rejected Ibrahim’s view, saying the Malay rights leader had gotten his history and concept of Malay empowerment post-May 13 wrong.
PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang,“Ibrahim has got the ‘tiga suku’ (crazy) notion of history … Everybody knows that May 13 happened because of the split in Umno, it had nothing to do with the Chinese.”
Malay rights pressure group Perkasa today pledged support for the BN in the next general election in order for the ruling coalition to get a two-thirds majority and form a strong government.
Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali read out the pledge in front of 5,000 delegates and observers at their annual general meeting at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur today.
Ibrahim, who is also Pasir Mas independent MP said if BN regains the two-thirds majority, issues relating to the Malay rulers and Islam would not be raised by other races.
Super-racist Perkasa (Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia) is a non-governmental Malay Supremacy organisation formed in the aftermath of the Malaysian general elections in 2008. Outsiders estimate the organisation to have less than 1000 members mostly consisting of political desperados who failed to win posts in UMNO. But this group is given tacit support by UMNO for the latter’s survival.
The major objective for establishing Perkasa is to “defend the rights of Bumiputera”. Perkasa is said to be fighting and defending the rights of the Malays which they feel are being “challenged” by non-Malays in Malaysia.
Many critics though have branded Perkasa as a fascist organisation. On July 9, 2010, the group was labelled “militant” by a former US Ambassador to Malaysia.
IBRAHIM ALI CRIES “WOLF”
Growing Chinese clout may cause new May 13, says Ibrahim Ali
Assistant News Editor
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 ― The Chinese community will become a national security threat if it grow more powerful politically and economically, Datuk Ibrahim Ali has said, even warning that this could result in another bloody racial clash like the May 13 tragedy.
The Perkasa chief said in a Sinar Harian interview today that the Chinese have been playing up political sentiments of late and accused the country’s second-largest ethnic group of having forgotten how living in Malaysia is “like heaven”.
“What if there is chaos? Like during the May 13 incident, they could not proceed with their trade.
“We, too, do not want that to happen,” the outspoken Pasir Mas federal lawmaker was quoted as saying in the article.
“Today, the Chinese are okay…but it’s not enough… they want more. Now, they control 40 per cent of the country’s economy, and now, they want political power as well,” Ibrahim continued.
“But what will happen in 25 years from now? Today is okay, but tomorrow, when their power spreads, then it will threaten national security and the May 13 incident will return,” he warned.
Ibrahim, or “Tok Him” as he is often called, has positioned himself as the firebrand for the Malay agenda and the face of Perkasa, the Malay right-wing group he founded just after the 12th general election in 2008.
But his fiery rhetoric and often racially-charged remarks have regularly put him on a collision course with non-Muslim politicians across the political divide, despite claims from the opposition that he has the backing of the ruling Umno.
Despite this, Ibrahim insisted in the Sinar Harian interview that none of what he has done or said in the past should qualify him for the “racist” label, even boasting that not a single police report has been lodged against him for being “racist” throughout his tenure at the head of the four-year-old Perkasa.
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Dec 13: Dec 13: Christmas is about a fortnight away but the chief of UMNO offshoot Perkasa, Ibrahim Ali, is already humming the much loved “You Better Watch Out” song.
He has proudly declared that he would be the ‘kingmaker’ in the 13th general election.
“You can say I am the ‘kingmaker’ but Perkasa has over 300,000 members. In state seats, we have at least 300 to 400 members or more than 1,000 members. In parliament seats, we have 3,000 to 4,000 in each district, so our votes are important,” he was quoted as saying by Malay daily Sinar Harian.
As such, the fervent UMNO loyalist and Pasir Mas member of parliament has this warning to all political parties:
“Don’t only think that votes from others are important, and Perkasa is not important,” he said, and went on to invoke the Malay saying “yang dikejar tak dapat, yang dikendong tercicir” (lit. “The pursued is not acquired, the held is dropped”).
The right wing group, which has yet to prove its membership strength other than the dozens of members who turned up for a ‘walk’ in 2011 to counter the mammoth Bersih rally in Kuala Lumpur, will be holding its fourth annual congress this Saturday.
According to Ibrahim, while Perkasa is neutral in politics [sic], it has for the sake of Malays decided to support Barisan Nasional.
Free Malaysia Today
Denounce Perkasa clearly, Najib told
Guan Eng says racism against non-Malays has ripped apart the 1Malaysia slogan.
GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has demanded that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak direct the police to take stern action against Perkasa for its violent behaviour and make an unequivocal statement withdrawing Umno’s support for the Malay rights group.
In a strongly worded statement against racial extremism, Lim also said the Prime Minister must order Sri Gading MP Mohamad Aziz to make an unconditional apology to Berish leader S Ambiga for his call for her to be hanged.
“Najib should prove that he respects Indians, Hindus and women by directing Mohamad to apologise,” he said.
Najib’s failure to take these actions would prove him unworthy of his own 1Malaysia slogan, he added.
Free Malaysia Today
Perkasa’s behaviour goes against Malay culture, says PKR
A PKR leader said Perkasa’s mob-like behaviour goes against the essence of Malay culture.
PKR state secretary Abdul Halim Hussain said Perkasa’s stance is mocking the true essence of Malay culture.
He said Perkasa’s mob politics does not reflect real Malay culture, which emphasised on virtues of humility, politeness and peace.
“Perkasa’s attitude is surely not representative of Malay culture or Islamic values,” he told FMT.
He was cmmenting on Perkasa’s hostile demonstration against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng during his visit to a wet market in Teluk Bahang last Saturday.
www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/07/03/… – Cached
When all else fails, will Umno turn to ASSASSINATION: Perkasa physically attacks Guan Eng
Written by Lim Guan Eng
The failure by police to immediately arrest Perkasa members involved in violence not just against members of the public and reporters but also make direct threats against my personal safety has only confirmed fears that Perkasa can do no wrong because they are supported by UMNO and BN.
Police should review their hands-off approach towards Perkasa to avoid public perception that they condone the violent tactics by Perkasa to intimidate PR leaders.
Yesterday’s incident in Teluk Bahang market, where Perkasa members were allowed to conduct a demonstration and throw anti-Lim Guan Eng posters close to me, only shows that whilst there was police presence the police just stood by and watched.
The inaction by the police probably emboldened a Perkasa member to suddenly charge up behind me and succeeded in brushing hard against me. Even though the Perkasa member had brushed hard against me, I escaped injury.
But if not for a PR local leader bravely dragging the Perkasa member away, I could have been injured. Dragging the Perkasa member away from threatening my safety should have been the duty and responsibility of the police, not PR local leaders.
This unfortunate incident had happened even though the Speaker of the Penang State Assembly, Dato Abdul Halim bin Hussain had informed police of the demonstration by Perkasa and ask for adequate protection and stern action.
However despite a record of serial violence against the public, reporters and even PR leaders by Perkasa, Perkasa can still behave in a violent manner without fear of punishment.
Lim Guan Eng is the Penang Chief Minister and DAP sec-gen
Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia or Perkasa is a non-governmental Malay Supremacy organization that was formed by Ibrahim Ali in the aftermath of the Malaysian general elections in 2008. The group claims to have a membership of 300,000, though outsiders estimate the actual figure to be much lower. The major objectives for establishing Perkasa, according to Ibrahim Ali, are the “protectors of Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia” and to defend the rights of Bumiputera from being eroded by certain quarters. Perkasa is said to be fighting and defending the rights of the Malays which they feel are being challenged by non-Malays in Malaysia.
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Free Malaysia Today
Anti-Chinese Perkasa circular?
It warns Chinese traders not to raise prices of goods and to ensure Malay candidates win at the polls.
PETALING JAYA: A circular, purportedly by right-wing Malay group Perkasa, warning Chinese traders not to raise the prices of goods has been making its rounds on Facebook.
Supposedly printed by Perkasa’s Johor branch, the circular also demanded Chinese voters to ensure the victory of Malay candidates in next general election.
“Warning!” the unsigned circular read, before continuing: “To all Chinese traders. Do not raise the price of necessary goods as you like.”
“To all the Chinese voters, make sure that Malay candidates win,” it read.
The circular ended with an excerpt of a voting slip, showing a cross next to the BN logo, indicating support for the ruling government in the upcoming general election.
Speaking to FMT, Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali denied that the group ever came out with such a warning.
“I don’t know about this. I don’t believe this. We have never put out a statement like this,” he said.
He hinted that the circular may have been printed by Pakatan-friendly individuals, citing reverse psychology as a factor.
Anti-Chinese Perkasa circular? | Free Malaysia Today
www.freemalaysiatoday.com/…/anti-chinese-perkasa-circular – Cached
Monday July 2, 2012
CM questions police failure to stop unruly Perkasa men
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has expressed disappointment over what he claimed as police failure to stop Perkasa members from causing a commotion, which resulted in a scuffle during his visit to Teluk Bahang here.
“They were not only violent towards the public and reporters but they also made threats against my personal safety.
“The police should review their hands-off approach towards the group to avoid public perception that they condone the violent tactics,” he said in a press statement yesterday.
Lim claimed that Perkasa members were allowed to hold a demonstration and throw posters at him on Saturday during his walkabout at the Teluk Bahang market.
“Police inaction probably emboldened a member to suddenly charge up behind me and brush hard against me. I managed to escape injury only because a local community leader managed to drag him away,” he added.