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Published: Thursday September 9, 2010 MYT 5:32:00 PM

Perkasa has nothing to do with Umno: Ibrahim Ali

PETALING JAYA: Perkasa brushed off Umno’s statement that the largest component party in the Barisan Nasional neither needs nor has ties with Perkasa.

“We have no ties to sever with Umno as we do not have ties in the first place,” its founder Datuk Ibrahim Ali said.

“People often mistake us as Umno’s tool when we are not. We do not need Umno or their support to fight for the rights of the Malays. Perkasa has nothing to do with Umno,” he said Thursday.

Ibrahim went one step further by blaming Umno and other Barisan component parties such as MCA, MIC and Gerakan for the reduced support among Malays, Chinese and Indians.

“Even if Perkasa does not exist, the Chinese will not support MCA or Gerakan or the Indians the MIC.

“If Malays are indeed supporting Umno, then why are they coming to us? We have never invited Umno members but they are joining us voluntarily.

“If they (Umno) thought they are strong, they should have won the last general-election easily,” he added.

Ibrahim claimed that 60% of its members were Umno members while its younger members were not politically-affiliated.

“Some are still Umno members but no longer like the party nor are they voting for Barisan. Put 10 Malays in a group, and you will find six supporting PAS, two for PKR and two for Umno,” he claimed.

Ibrahim also did not discount the possibility that Perkasa might support Pakatan in the next general election.

“It is too early to say. We will cooperate with anyone who supports our principles especially in defending Malay rights according to the Constitution,” he said when asked if he would root for Barisan or Pakatan in the next general election.

Ibrahim also sarcastically wished Umno ‘good luck’ in gaining the support of the Chinese community.

“I hope by saying they do not need Perkasa, the Chinese will support them.”

Ibrahim also disagreed that Perkasa’s action was disrupting the country’s unity and racial harmony.

“We are actually uniting the country as when the Malays, who are the majority, are united, so will the country. There is no united Malaysia without the unity of Malays.”