By: Nur Eisha Fatihah.
Bad or good, the polemic on whether BN should be a one single party for all races draws lot of interests and this is good feedback for the nation.
Perkasa on the other hand, being a Malay NGO that was born when Umno was at its lowest ebb in 2009 has come out with its opinion.
Perkasa may become a political party and represent the Malays in their struggle if Umno is to be disbanded to allow Barisan Nasional (BN) to become a multi-racial party.
Joining in the polemic of whether BN should be become a party for all as suggested by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who added that the subject needed deeper research, Perkasa called on Umno leaders not to ‘be jumpy and get caught by certain quarters who are looking for life buoy to survive.’
Perkasa president who is till on leave Ibrahim Ali said the issue was not relevant at present because Umno who represented the Malays had yet to succeed in positioning the community on par with other races in the country.
“This is especially so if compared with the Chinese in terms of economy and education.
“The gap in the distribution of national economic cake is far and wide and Umno has not completed its serious thrust in uplifting the economic status of the Malays of whom the majority is the pribumis.
“If BN is to be a multi-racial party as suggested, the voice of the Malays and bumiputra will be swallowed by the earth.
“In fact, even now the Malays cannot talk about Malay rights as stipulated in the Constitution because they will be termed racist,” he added.
Ibrahim who lost the Pasir Mas parliamentary seat in the recently concluded 13th general election, said Gerakan leaders were at present searching for life buoy to survive.
“The same goes for MIC’s future which is uncertain.
“The best solution thayt I see at present is Gerakan to merge with MCA as both parties represent the Chinese even though Gerakan is multi-racial but it is Chinese based.
“MIC should open up and think positive by absorbing other parties that represent the Indians such as IPF, Makal Sakti, Hindraf and few others.
“These moves will allow the various races be represented by one single party in BN and this way, there will be a clear representation,” he added.
Ibrhaim said as in the opposition, DAP was a clear Chinese-based despite it being multi-racial and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) was a multi-racial party but its agenda was merely a platform for Anwar Ibrahim to become the Prime Minister.
“If Anwar is gone, PKR will be surely wrap-up and gone.
“Therefore, I call on Umno leaders not to be jumpy and jittery and not to be trapped by people or leaders searching for life buoy to survive.
“If truly Umno leaders want to disband Umno and make BN a multi-racial party, then Perkasa may just register itself as a political party and represent the Malays in their struggles,” he said.