Umno supreme council member Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said it is not fair to label the nationalist movement, Pertubuhan Peribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) as a racist organisation merely because it defends the sovereignty of the constitution.
If Perkasa truly defends the sovereignty of the constitution, Ibrahim Ali would have respected the right of Malaysian Chinese voters in Hulu Selangor to cast their votes for any candidate they believed best fit their aspiration. Ibrahim should not have accused the voters of being 'ungrateful' and asked them to 'repent' for not voting for a BN candidate.
If Ibrahim is not racist, like Puad, he must be an E.T. since he does not understand basic human rights contained in the constitution. He sounds like a Malay, acts like a Malay but not really a Malay because many Malay leaders in PAS, PKR, DAP and those who are non-partisan think that Ibrahim is either a racist, an opportunist or a nutcase. If he is not a racist, Puad should consider the other two options.
Mohd Puad said what was being championed by the organisation was not aimed at bringing down or stealing the rights of any group but to uphold what had already been enshrined in the constitution.
I would like to ask Puad again, what is enshrined in the constitution which suggests that Malay is a supreme race and other races should be grateful for being granted citizenship. Where is the term 'bumiputera' in the constitution? Where is the social contract?
"Perkasa is not a 'racist' (organisation)... there is no such word as racist in the Malay culture, 'racist' only exists in the West because we had never carried out any 'ethnic cleansing'.
I sincerely hope there is no such word as racist in the Malay culture. Hence, it is important to sound out those in Perkasa for acting very 'un-Malay' by not respecting the rights and status of all Malaysians regardless of race or religion. A society does not need to carry out ethnic cleansing to be seen as racist. By refusing to accept equality amongst all citizens is enough to be deemed as racist.
"When Perkasa defended Malay supremacy, it is actually a question of pride of the race and progress of the race," he said.
We, non-Malays, do have our pride and self worth too. It is best for both Puad and Ibrahim to take note of this.
For now, it makes sense to REJECT RACISM.
MCA should pursue its multiracial path and vision. It has lost its relevance today. Dr Chua Soi Lek should show courage to help change the Barisan mould.