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Thursday September 9, 2010

Umno rejects Perkasa

PETALING JAYA: Perkasa is eroding Barisan Nasional’s support among the non-Malays with its comments, said Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

“When they talk about my Chinese or Indian friends, they make us lose more votes. What do you want for Malaysia? You want a civil war?” he said in an interview yesterday.

Perkasa, led by Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali, recently challenged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to declare that his 1Malaysia concept was consistent with the concept of “Ketuanan Melayu” (Malay supremacy).

Tengku Adnan reminded Perkasa leaders that the Barisan had to address the needs of all racial groups in the country.

“We cannot afford to discriminate against anyone if we want to continue governing Malaysia. Please slow down. Whatever you do, please think properly of the end result,” he said.

He also stressed that there was no necessity for him to talk to Ibrahim over the matter.

Tengku Adnan said that most Perkasa leaders were defeated in the last Umno elections and had sought a political platform for them to be heard.

“They are not wanted in Umno, they are no more leaders, they are just ordinary members. Umno has nothing to do with Perkasa,” he said, adding that the party would not back Ibrahim in the next general election.

“Why should Umno support him? Umno should put a candidate in Pasir Mas. We will contest in Pasir Mas,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim accused Tengku Adnan of favouring Chinese voters over the Malays.

“He wants Chinese votes. He does not want Malay votes,” he told an online news portal.

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