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Ibrahim Ali: I am a ‘King of Malaysian racists’

 | August 20, 2017

The Perkasa president says all the condemnations and ridicule he and his Malay-rights NGO faced made him and the body even stronger.


KUALA LUMPUR: Ibrahim Ali today acknowledged himself as a “king of Malaysian racists” (“Raja rasis Malaysia”), saying he was not bothered by criticisms hurled against him and Perkasa over their pro-Malay stand.

The Perkasa president said all the condemnations and ridicule that they faced made him and the Malay-rights NGO even stronger.

“Racist Perkasa’s stand is based on the Federal Constitution where it is enshrined that Malays have special rights,” he said.

“I want to inform all you ladies and gentlemen that I am very proud and wish to acknowledge myself as the ‘King of Malaysian racists’.

“Any issue with that?” he said when opening the Federal Territory (FT) Malay Congress, organised by FT Perkasa at the Sultan Sulaiman Club here.

On Aug 15, Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz accused Perkasa of being full of racists following its statement lambasting the RM55 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) launching ceremony on Aug 9.

Nazri, who is the Umno MP for Padang Rengas, accused Perkasa of being small-minded and not representing anyone.

“Who are they? They are not important. They are racist and we don’t tolerate racists in this country.”

He had responded to Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali’s statement that described the ECRL event as “too Chinese”.

Syed Hassan claimed that the ceremony, attended by top Chinese officials and Prime Minister Najib Razak, was proof that the country had been “colonised” through its economy.

The 668km rail link, which will be built and funded by Chinese state firms, is expected to be completed by 2024.

Ibrahim also asked if it was wrong for the NGO to defend the rights of the Malays.

“After insulting us by questioning who we are, our standing seems to have been rejected as being illegal. It is as though we are not Malaysian citizens and have no right to voice out.

“Is it wrong for us to talk about the issue of our people’s rights? Is it wrong to defend our religion?

“If there are any liberal groups that question Islam, it’s because they do not understand Islam.”

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