The Opposition is packaging PERKASA and UMNO in the same racial anti-Malay overtone in their ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy to come into power, especially staying relevant to the Non Malays and the younger and educated but liberal Malays.
Perkasa is outsourced by Umno, says Anwar
By Zurairi ARJanuary 25, 2013
PETALING JAYA, Jan 25 — Perkasa can get away with racial slurs and religious insults because it is backed by Umno, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim alleged today.
Malay rights group Perkasa and its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali have been playing up racial and religious issues as Election 2013 looms, without any rebuke from the government or the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN).
“(Perkasa) is an organisation outsourced by Umno to fend racist and religious bigotry at the behest of Umno,” Anwar (picture)claimed here.
During Perkasa’s convention in Penang last weekend, Ibrahim had urged Muslims to unite and burn all Malay-language bibles that contain the word “Allah” and other religious words in Arabic script.
“We have not yet found a tough response by the Umno leadership nor the prime minister, nor the home minister,” said Anwar.
“This is, to me, disturbing … you may have differences between PKR and Umno, Pakatan Rakyat and BN, but you have to draw the line.”
Anwar said that parties on both sides of the political divide can continue their political battles, but should never resort to defending racial and religious bigotry.
On Wednesday, Anwar had called for Muslims nationwide to condemn Perkasa’s threat to burn all Malay-language bibles.
The opposition leader, a Muslim, said those who profess Islam and claim to protect “Allah” and the Quran should also defend their faith and morals by preventing the spread of racial insults, which were discouraged by the religion.
Yesterday, Perkasa insisted that its president’s words were actually a “wake-up call” to prevent possible violence against distributors of bibles containing the word “Allah” and other religious words in Arabic script.
The group’s secretary-general, Syed Hassan Syed Ali, said Perkasa was merely protecting Islam and its position, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, and this included rejecting those who insult the religion and who try to spread their own faiths to Muslims.
Ibrahim’s remarks had immediately sparked furore among Christians and politicians across the political divide and invited calls on the government to cite him for sedition.
The “Allah” dispute, which first erupted after the watershed Election 2008, remains a hot-button topic in the run-up to this year’s polls.
Debate resurfaced last month after DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who is also the Penang chief minister, called on Putrajaya in his Christmas message to lift a ban on Malay-language bibles in Borneo Malaysia.
Hot on the heels of the DAP leader’s remarks, several state Rulers and Islamic religious authorities reminded non-Muslims of state laws banning use of the word despite conflicting with a 2009 High Court judgment that ruled “Allah” was not exclusive to Islam.
It is expected of Opposition Leader and former-abuse-of-power-convict Anwar Ibrahim to manipulate situation. The basis is far from how it is put forth now.
The ‘Kalimah Allah’ in Malay bibles and other literature by Chrisitian organizations issue has been seen provocative to the sensitivity of the Malays. It is also seen as an avenue to legalize bit by but attempts to profess the teachings and prosetylise Malays into Christianity.
PERKASA President Dato’ Ibrahim Ali was just defending provisions that has been enshrined in the Federation of Malaysia Constitution, Article 11(4).
In his Christmas speech, DAP Secretary General Lim Kit Siang reiterated the call that ‘Kalimah Allah’ be allowed in Malay bibles. That stirred a lot of reaction from the Malays. On 13 January 2013, Majlis Syura PAS rejected the notion of ‘Kalimah Allah’ be allowed to be used as depiction of God by Non Muslims.
Ibrahim was just expressing in passing his dismay on the issue of provocating the Malays which now traspass via the provisions in the Federal Constitution with regards to Islam, during the PERKASA convention last Saturday in Permatang Pauh. Of course, the context that these Malay bibles with ‘Kalimah Allah’ is meant to profess and proselytization the Malays to Christianity, which is against the law. In August 2011, 100 Muslims were found in a proselytization event in a raid by JAIS at Damansara Utama Methodist Church Petaling Jaya and 12 were brought in for investigation.
Islam is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia. It is one of the defining elements for Malay-hood. The Malays are the majority of Malaysians and have not been restrictive for the Non Malays to practice their religion and culture provided that it does not contravene against what is sacred to the Malays.
What Ibrahim said in passing during his welcoming speech, was blown out of proportion for a specific agenda to use PERKASA, to sow the ‘Politics of Hatred’.
The fact still remain, PERKASA as a Malay NGO is defending what ever has been provided with regards to the interest of the Malays as per the Federation of Malaysia Constitution and nothing more. Neither PERKASA nor its leaders like Ibrahim ask what ever rightfully and earnestly owned by the Non Malays to be returned, for any reasons.
UMNO has never asked PERKASA to act on its behalf for any agenda, be it political, social or cultural. UMNO is capable to all of the issues with regards to the interest of the Malays through its own channel, be it in the open via its leaders’ speeches and statements made or behind certain forum, which include the Cabinet and Barisan Nasional avenues.
It is clear that Anwar is desperate to manipulate issues like this to stay relevant. However, so many persons including one time his own staunch supporters are convinced that he is no longer relevant.
“What ever Anwar is saying now is no longer relevant, especially he has been proven to be a New Con Jewish lackey”, Murshidul Am TIBAI Zahid Md Arip said.