PERKASA was formed in the aftermath of the 12th general election in 2008 and has earned the wrath of non-Muslims with its racial attacks against the Chinese and Indians.
Both Ibrahim Ali and Zulkifli Nordin contested and lost in Kelantan and Selangor respectively. Reacting to the loss of its two ‘warlords’, Syed Hassan (Perkasa secretary) said the “defeats will not stop Perkasa from further serving the community”.
THOSE WHO THINK THAT PERKASA IS DEAD OR MORTALLY WOUNDED, SHOULD THINK AGAIN.
IT IS SAID THAT A WOUNDED BEAST IS MORE DANGEROUS.
“What guarantees can you give that if the situation remains and nothing is done to help the Malays there will not be another May 13?” Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali asked, referring to the 1969 race riots, Malaysia’s worst in history.
Perkasa chief warns of fresh race riot if Malays not helped economically
BY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
October 06, 2013
Right-wing group Perkasa has warned of another racial riot if the majority Malays remained poor, saying the Najib administration had done the right thing by introducing a new affirmative action programme.
The RM31 billion Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Plan (BEEP) is meant to raise the economic status of the Malays after the failures of previous plans but critics say it repudiates the market liberalisation moves in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s New Economic Model (NEM) launched three years ago.
Perkasa’s demand for increased racial quotas will likely complicate Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s efforts to reform the economy and roll back race-based policies to transform Malaysia into a developed nation by 2020.
PERKASA, BIG LOSERS IN GE 13, TALK BIG
Perkasa demands 60pc Bumi equity, public university quotas
KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Perkasa will push for 60 per cent Bumiputera equity targets and quotas for enrolment in public universities, double the current 30 per cent quota, the Malay right-wing group’s acting president Datuk Abd Rahman Abu Bakar has said.
Abd Rahman pointed out that Barisan Nasional (BN) had enjoyed increased support from Malay voters in the May 5 general election, noting that Umno had bagged 88 out of the ruling coalition’s 133 federal seats, up from the 79 seats it won out of BN’s 140 seats in Election 2008.
“We’re not asking for something that’s unrealistic,” said Abd Rahman in an exclusive interview with The Malaysian Insider, pointing out that Bumiputeras comprised 67 per cent of the population.
“The government should be thankful to the Malays,” added the Perkasa deputy president, referring to the results of Election 2013 that showed a bigger victory for Umno.
Abd Rahman, however, accused the Chinese of not appreciating the government by deserting BN in the 13th general election despite preliminary analyses showing that middle-class and urban voters had supported Pakatan Rakyat (PR) across racial lines.
“Jangan mencurah air di daun keladi,” he said, quoting a Malay proverb in reference to the BN government’s “wasted” efforts to draw support from the Chinese community.
Perkasa is on the attack!
AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman Rani said his criticism of Malay language daily Utusan Malaysia has been taken out of context.
Utusan Malaysia responded by publishing statements from Perkasa leaders, the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia and anti-PKR activists condemning Azran.
Perkasa acting president Abdul Rahman Bakar (centre in picture) was quoted by the daily yesterday as saying that Azran was “arrogant” because he would not have obtained his high position without “the Malay power that Utusan Malaysia fights for.”
“Did it not occur to Azran that the reason the government issued AirAsia a licence is because it used to be owned by Malays in its early years?
“He claims that Perkasa’s narrow-mindedness caused Malays to be left behind, but didn’t he know that Malay agenda and interests can only be realised with political power in Malay hands, to the extent that we can own airlines, which we didn’t think was possible before,” Utusan Malaysia quotes Abdul Rahman as saying.
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‘Warlords’ loss won’t destroy Perkasa’
Perkasa is waiting to see who will be in Najib’s cabinet and will continue to monitor the political situation in the country.
PETALING JAYA: Although Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) founder Ibrahim Ali has taken a break from politics following his defeat in Kelantan, the NGO is not planning to fall off the socio-political radar.
In fact Perkasa is awaiting the formation of the cabinet before deciding its next move. Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will announce his new cabinet later today.
Said Perkasa’s secretary Syed Hassan Syed Ali: “Right now we have no direction.
“However we are awaiting the formation of the (federal) cabinet. We will monitor the political situation in the country and steer the party accordingly.”
He said that Ibrahim was on leave until Perkasa’s AGM. The AGM is reportedly in December.
“Ibrahim is taking a break from the party politics and is expected to perform his Haj in Mekkah. He is on leave until the AGM,” said Syed Hassan.
Syed Hassan said that currently Perkasa was being steered by its vice-president Zulkifli Nordin