Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad officiated the Perkasa AGM Saturday, which was attended by about 10,000 people, as grand as any Umno general assembly. TDM is an Umno member while Ibrahim Ali is an ex. The objectives of Perkasa, among which is to uphold the rights of the Malays (including 'ketuanan Melayu' and the role of the Malay Rulers) is not only a challenge to Umno under the presidency of Najib Tun Razak but a rivalry to that of any other similar organisations.
Lim Kit Siang was fast to lament the gathering, calling TDM an ultra-nationalist (read h e r e) and labeling Ibrahim as building Perkasa on stilts of lies when he accused the DAP's 'Malaysian Malaysia' as the main cause for the May 13, 1969 riot.
TDM, according to LKS has come full circle, starting 'as an ultra and back to an ultra-nationalist' for throwing his support for Perkasa.
"Its a lie that DAP and the Malaysian Malaysia slogan were among the main factors that caused the May 13 riots”, he said questioning the Pasir Mas MP for taking 41 years after the 1969 riots to make the 'discovery'.
“If DAP and Malaysian Malaysia were the causes of May 13 in 1969, DAP would have been banned long ago and DAP leaders would have languished in jail and unable to participate in Malaysian electoral politics in the past nine general elections. Or is Ibrahim suggesting that the Special Branch and the past five prime ministers had been remiss in their national duties in failing to take action against DAP, which he alleged as a threat to national security and perpetrator of May 13 riots?”
No comment but I believe what Kit Siang was trying to say is, Ibrahim who once sought his help when the latter was under detention, is now turning his back on his 'old friends' in effort to elevate his politics.
And I personally dont label anyone as 'ultra' for reasons like that. Ibrahim formed Perkasa on the ground that Umno is getting weaker (read Rockybru) and was not able to protect the interest of the Malays as it used to be. Is Umno really weak now? Najib got to answer that.
Again, Ibrahim wouldnt have mooted the idea if Umno really is in its original position... or is it anything to do with 'the Malays being deprived under 1Malaysia' ?