Irwan Fahmi Ideris of Perkasa, who said, “No citizenship if you can’t speak Malay,” in Sept 2016, jumped from Umno to PKR in Dec 2017…

14 December 2017

Irwan Fahmi Ideris had said in September 2016 that stateless ethnic ethnic Chinese who did not have sufficient command of the national language should not be granted citizenship, even if they were born in the federation before the country’s independence. He was then a member of Umno. He is now in PKR.


Former Perkasa Youth chief joins PKR

Lu Wei Hoong  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Former Perkasa Youth chief Irwan Fahmi Ideris has joined PKR, with the hope of toppling Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak through the opposition.

Irwan, together with 35 Perkasa Youth executive council members and ordinary members, submitted their application forms to PKR Youth deputy chief Dr Afif Bahardin at the party’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya this morning.

Later, Afif put PKR’s badge on Irwan’s collar to welcome into PKR.

However, he still maintains his membership in Perkasa despite cutting ties with Umno. Irwan was previously an Ipoh Barat Umno division member.

He was Perkasa youth chief since 2010, before leaving the post in 2016.

Irwan claimed he has been pushing for Najib’s resignation since August 2013, but the increasing precariousness of Malaysia’s economy and Malay rights recently prompted him to join the federal opposition.

“Now who has betrayed the Malays? Even Malay reserve land was sold off. Is this DAP’s fault? Who rules the country? Who has betrayed whom?” he asked.

Asked why has was not staying on with Perkasa instead to topple Najib, Irwan…said the best platform to do so with an opposition political party.

“Perkasa is only a NGO, if we want to fight against Najib, we must stand together with a political party… But I am still a Perkasa member, just not holding any position,” he said.

Afif: PKR also fights for the Malays

Asked why he did not decide to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), a more Malay-centric party rather than PKR, Afif helped Irwan to answer by saying that PKR also fights for the Malays.

Afif, who is a Penang state executive councillor, said PKR and Pakatan Harapan respect the Federal Constitution and the Malay bumiputera position.

“There is no liberal or right-wing Malay. The issue now is that Umno doesn’t have a leader of prestige. Now, who is so proud to say Najib is our prime minister?

“Except for Umno members, who others dare to wear the Najib cloth?” Afif added.

3 September 2016

Perkasa objects to citizenship for stateless Chinese who can’t speak Bahasa


Stateless ethnic ethnic Chinese who do not have sufficient command of the national language should not be granted citizenship, even if they were born in the federation before the country’s independence, said Perkasa Youth.

The wing’s chief Irwan Fahmi Ideris said this in response to the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong) president’s reported claims that some 100,000 ethnic Chinese were still stateless despite already having three generations in the country.

Hua Zong president Pheng Yin Huah was quoted in Sinar Harian as citing Article 16 of the Federal Constitution which states that anyone who was born in the federation before independence day qualifies for citizenship by registration.

Pheng added many of them could not get their citizenship as they failed their interviews conducted in the national language.

Irwan said while Pheng was right about Article 16, the same provision also set out that the applicant must have a basic command of the national language.

“Knowledge in Bahasa Malaysia is important… Any country would emphasise knowledge and fluency in the respective language of their country.

“What is the meaning of Malaysian citizenship if they do not know how to speak in the Malay language?

“How do we picture a Malaysian society that is multiracial but cannot speak the Malay language? This would be an embarrassment to the country,” he said.

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