Perkasa: ‘Immoral’ MCA cost BN Chinese votes
By Syed Mu’az Syed Putra
April 28, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 — Datuk Ibrahim Ali today said Barisan Nasional (BN) lost Chinese support because of MCA’s “immoral leaders” and that neither Perkasa nor Utusan Malaysia were to blame.
“The main reason why MCA was rejected in the 12th General election was the public distribution of Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s sex video, before Perkasa was even formed.
“The reason MCA was rejected by Chinese was because they were ashamed to have immoral leaders and many MCA leaders were hauled before the court for graft,” the Pasir Mas MP added.
Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia has been attacking DAP since the April 16 Sarawak election, accusing the party of using racial sentiments to secure the Chinese community’s backing.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) swept to victory in nearly all Chinese-majority seats, increasing its representation in the state assembly from seven to 15.
The Malay daily urged Umno to spearhead a “1 Melayu, 1 Bumi” movement to protect Malay unity.
It claimed that DAP was intent on unseating the country’s Malay political leadership.
While Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak has dismissed the idea dismissed as the personal opinion of an Utusan Malaysia editor, Malay rights group Perkasa said it will launch a 1 Bumiputera campaign this weekend.
MCA publicity chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie told The Malaysian Insider this week that Utusan Malaysia and Perkasa were causing BN to lose Chinese support since the March 2008 federal polls, and called on the home ministry to take action against the newspaper for suggesting the “1 Melayu, 1 Bumi” movement.
MCA has also called for the boycott of Utusan Malaysia although Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has described it as the “voice of Malays.”
Ibrahim further accused Heng of being ignorant of history when claiming that Perkasa and Utusan Malaysia had caused Chinese voters to reject BN in 2008 and the Sarawak polls.
He said that the Chinese-dominated Sarawak United People’s Party loss of more than two thirds of the seats it contested had nothing to do with Perkasa as the NGO had not taken part in the Sarawak campaign.
Ibrahim added that it should be noted that other ethnic groups in Sarawak supported BN and asked “which is more important, 100 per cent Bumiputera support or 100 per cent Chinese support?”
He insisted Perkasa had no ill feeling towards Chinese but that Chinese politicians were pressuring Putrajaya to abolish the special rights of Malays and Bumiputeras.
“They do not respect the federal constitution and some Chinese leaders insult Islam and misuse the Quran,” he said, adding that Perkasa will continue to defend what it considers the rights of Malays and Bumiputeras.
“I want to warn MCA not to hurt the feelings of Malays as their votes are important,” he said.
MCA only won in 15 parliamentary seats in the landmark 2008 general election, losing more than half its numbers in Dewan Rakyat as PR denied BN its customary two-thirds majority of Parliament and five state governments.