Perkasa ready to take over Umno’s role, says Ibrahim Ali
Its president, Datuk Ibrahim Ali, said Umno was now showing signs of weaknesses and becoming “toothless” in its struggle to protect Malay interests.
“If Umno appears exhausted, tired and toothless, come on then, Perkasa can take your place,” Ibrahim said at its fourth annual general assembly in Kuala Lumpur.
Ibrahim, a former Umno member and Pasir Mas MP, said Perkasa was prepared to adopt an adversarial role in the 14th general election should the Malay lynchpin of BN fail to deliver on the Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Agenda.
Without Perkasa's help and support, Barisan Nasional would also not have emerged victorious in the 13th general election, Ibrahim added.
"This is the truth, accept the facts. If not for Perkasa, Barisan Nasional would not have succeeded in regaining Perak."
Ibrahim said if Umno was weak and dispirited and could not continue fighting for Bumiputeras, it would be a ready replacement.
"Perkasa can take over the struggle. We can continue the fight for the rights of the Malays and Bumiputera," he said to cheers from the 1,000-strong audience.
"Perkasa boasts of more than 500,000 members nationwide, we have state and district divisions. Which other non-governmental organisation can boast such support?"
Ibrahim said Perkasa supported Umno in the 13th general election because the opposition was an unacceptable alternative.
"We do not completely trust Pakatan Rakyat. Barisan Nasional, on the other hand, can give us guarantees about power sharing," Ibrahim said.
"There are no other NGOs who will travel to the rural areas to give talks and speeches, like Perkasa."
Ibrahim said he stood as an independent in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, in the 13th general election because no party was willing to sponsor him.
"Umno was afraid that voters would be turned off by Perkasa, hence they refused to support me in Pasir Mas.
"Despite sacrificing me, Barisan Nasional failed to win Pasir Mas," he added.
He told the delegates that this time, Perkasa would introduce a key performance indicator for the prime minister, his deputy and Cabinet members.
"Putrajaya has KPI targets for all ministries and government departments to achieve, but we are introducing KPIs for the top leadership.
"There are so many issues worrying the people now with the price of fuel, sugar, electricity and toll rates going up.
"Therefore, one of the KPIs for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be the cost of living."
Ibrahim said Perkasa was determined to ensure that Bumiputera equity in Malaysia reached 30% by the time Malaysia achieved developed nation status in 2020.
He also ticked off several online news portals for portraying a negative image of Perkasa, saying his statements had been taken out of context.
"We have not done anything wrong. We do not take to the streets like Bersih. We hold roundtable dialogues, conventions and congresses," he said.
"There are other non-governmental organisations which issue far more inflammatory comments compared with Perkasa, but nobody tells them off."
Instead, he said, Perkasa has become a punching bag.
He also defended Perkasa's members, saying it was normal for them to react when provoked.
"If Perkasa's actions are detrimental to national security, show me the proof. I say one thing, the online news portals say another thing."
Shrugging it off, Ibrahim said his popularity increased every time such reports were published. – December 22, 2013.
Arrest of student activist related to ‘bid to topple the Government’
Azan Safar, chairman of Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun), was arrested at midnight during a meal with friends at a restaurant in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
He turned up at the Dang Wangi police headquarters today.
Azan had previously launched Turun at the front of the Sogo shopping mall and planned a December 31 gathering in Merdeka Square in the nation's capital to protest against the price hikes of goods and services.
The Government had introduced a slew of price hikes since September, starting with the reduction in fuel and sugar subsidies, raising the electricity tariff (effective January 2014) and a possible toll rate hike in 2014.
Putrajaya also introduced the goods and services tax (GST) that will come into effect in April 2015.
Activist group Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) criticised Azan's detention.
"We are still detaining the wrong people. SAMM questions the need behind the arrest. They can just call him up and ask him to head to the police station to take his statement," it said today.
"Azan Safar should be released immediately."
Police acted after a Facebook user allegedly posted a comment insinuating there would be a riot on New Year's Eve, ahead of a planned gathering next week in Kuala Lumpur.
Last Wednesday, police lodged a report alleging attempts to overthrow the Government, following the distributed banners and posters on social media urging people to attend a gathering on December 31 called "Himpunan Guling Kerajaan" (Rally to topple the Government).
The posters, however, did not identify the organisers. – December 23, 2013.
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