Sunday, April 4, 2010

Minta Maaf pada PERKASA?.. Sorry la...

Setelah tempoh 48 Jam yang diberikan oleh PERKASA yang Perasan kepada Naib Presiden Gerakan, Datuk Dr. Teng Hock Nam dan Timbalan Setiausaha Agung Pemuda MCA, Low Chew June agar meminta maaf secara terbuka kerana melabelkan pertubuhan itu sebagai rasis.

Kedua-dua pemimpin GERAKAN dan MCA itu tetap mempertahankan kenyataan mereka dan beranggapan bahawa perjuangan Perkasa bertentangan dengan gagasan 1Malaysia malah enggan meninta maaf dari PERKASA.

Ini membuktikan bahawa PERKASA hanyalah sebuah pertubuhan yang perasan pertubuhan mereka itu berkuasa dan kuat kerana pertubuhan mereka bernama PERKASA.

Hakikatnya mereka itu tidak digeruni oleh sebarang parti politik baik dari komponen BN mahupun Pakatan Rakyat.

Dan tindakan mereka memberi amaran kepada pemimpin MCA dan GERAKAN itu kini umpama ‘Anjing menyalak Bukit sahaja.. bukit tidak runtuh anjing sendiri yang keletihan… ha.. ha.. ha..

No sorry for Perkasa, BN Chinese leaders say

By Clara Chooi

KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Two ethnic Chinese Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders have openly snubbed Perkasa Youth’s demand for an apology, continuing instead to criticise the Malay rights group by saying that its struggles were not in line with the prime minister’s 1 Malaysia concept.

Penang Gerakan chief Datuk Teng Hock Nan and MCA deputy secretary Low Chew June, who locked horns with the right-wing group when they labelled them “racists”, told The Malaysian Insider today that they refused to apologise for their statements.

Perkasa Youth chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah had called on the duo to apologise within 48 hours from Friday, following their criticisms on the non-governmental organisation’s inaugural congress last Saturday.

Arman had claimed that failure to do so meant the two were in total disrespect of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has granted his patronage of the group, as well as the Federal Constitution, which Perkasa claims to uphold.

“That is nonsense. I will not apologise. I do not want people to misuse the Constitution at their whims and fancies.

“They (Perkasa) are not here to unite the races, they are here to segregate everyone,” said Low, when contacted.

He insisted on sticking to his stand that Perkasa was just hampering Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1 Malaysia concept, which calls for equal opportunity for all.

“In this concept, we need more open-minded leaders; not leaders who emphasise on one race. We should emphasise on having fair and square policies for all the races... it should not be about Malay, Chinese or Indian, it should be about Malaysians,” he said.

Low also lambasted Perkasa leader Ibrahim Ali for flashing the “keris” (traditional Malay dagger) during the group’s congress, saying that the act did not carry a positive connotation.

“All this waving of the keris is not a good thing. Even Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s similar act had a negative impact on the community,” he said.

Low also claimed that Najib himself was not supportive of the movement’s imbalanced views, as they failed to reflect the premier’s wish to promote racial unity and harmony.

“I don’t think the prime minister wants this. In fact, this is very disrespectful to Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept. Perkasa should apologise to Najib because they are destroying his good concept,” he said.

Teng concurred with Low, saying that when Perkasa emphasised so extensively on fears felt by the Malays that the Chinese would soon take over, it proved that they were not in full comprehension of what 1 Malaysia stood for.

“As a senior politician, I would like to advise everyone to work towards the commonality of all, rather than to focus on conflicts. We must work in line with what the BN and the government is trying so hard to do — to promote the 1 Malaysia platform.

“Once they (Perkasa) can understand the true meaning of 1 Malaysia, the question of asking me or whomever to apologise and threatening to pressure my party to sack me, does not arise.

“My sacking would merely become a drop of blue ink in the ocean,” Teng told The Malaysian Insider this morning.

He added that by embarking on the stand that the Malays were threatened by the Chinese, Perkasa was merely creating mistrust and suspicion between the races and Gerakan would never accept that.

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