KUALA LUMPUR: While yesterday’s assembly and meeting by Malay rights group Perkasa went on without incident, it was full of fiery speeches on the protection of Malay rights as well as demands for the resignation of a minister.
During the assembly, Perkasa clamoured for Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy, who is in charge of national unity and social well-being, to quit after his statement regarding police inaction during the recent riots at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
“Waytha Moorthy should instead be the menteri celaka (cursed minister), instead of minister of unity,” Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali told a press conference later.
“One minute he’s blaming the police for inaction and the next he is praising them, but without apologising for his earlier statement.
“He should quit or be fired. I also believe his recent statement led to a group in India claiming that there were multiple deaths during the riots. He has tarnished the country’s image. He could have called the IGP himself.
“If the police were indeed wrong then bantailah (condemn), I will also join you. Because of him, now there is tension between the races when all this while there was peace among the races,” he railed against the minister amidst shouts and heckles from the members in front of a hotel here.
Waytha Moorthy had initially claimed that the Subang Jaya police should be probed for being late to arrive to deal with the scuffles which took place at the temple at about 2am on Monday. But on Saturday, he lauded the police for their “quick action” and highest level of professionalism in handling the issue.
Ibrahim also claimed the Malays had lost their patience, adding the “threats” faced by Malay institutions were also a plot to “subvert Malay political power”.
“Today (yesterday) is just the first round. After this, we will no longer be silent and Perkasa will run amok all over the country,” he said, though he emphasised that the use of the word amok was to refer to the group’s struggles for Malay rights.
An assembly was held yesterday morning, with members of the group congregating in front of the hotel, under the watchful eye of the police, before they entered the premises for Perkasa’s annual general meeting.
During the meeting, Ibrahim reiterated his stance that Perkasa would not support any efforts to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
He also told Perkasa members that those interested in attending the anti-ICERD rally on Dec 8 could do so but on their own accord.
“If you want, go on your own and don’t wear our colours and shirts. We don’t want to be seen supporting any political party since the rally is being organised by PAS and Umno,” he said.
Perkasa also suggested a new law to protect the rights of Islam and the Malay rulers along Thailand’s lese majeste law.
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