35 members, ex-leaders of Perkasa join PKR

perkasa-pkr2PETALING JAYA: A total 35 members and former leaders of Malay rights group Perkasa today joined PKR to help the party fight Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th general election (GE14).

Irwan Fahmi Ideris, former head of Perkasa’s youth wing Wira Perkasa, said PKR would give them a better platform to criticise and fight the government led by Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“We chose PKR because its struggle is in line with what we want.

“Since 2013, we had admonished Najib while in Perkasa, but our voices fell on deaf ears. All kinds of promises were not kept. So I am compelled to join PKR to fight Najib.

“We have admonished him nicely and called on him to step down, but without success,” he told a media conference at PKR headquarters.

Besides Irwan, three other ex-leaders of Wira Perkasa who also joined PKR were former vice head Syamzari Putera Mohd Noh, and former executive committee members Muhammad Hafiz Zulkifly and Zulkarnain Haron.

Muhammad Zahiruddin Zulkamar, the current assistant secretary of Wira Perkasa, also crossed over to PKR.

Irwan vowed to help bring down the government led by Najib although they had not been offered any posts in PKR.

“We leave the question of posts to the PKR leadership to decide.”

PKR Youth deputy chief Dr Afif Bahardin, who was present at the media conference, said the party welcomed anyone who believed in its reformation agenda.

He said PKR hoped the new members would strengthen the party and widen its influence.

On another matter, Afif denied that PKR was a liberal Malay party.

“The issue of PKR being a liberal Malay party and PPBM (another member of the Pakatan Harapan coalition) being an Islamic Malay party does not arise.

“All the parties in Pakatan work together as a single opposition bloc and we are united in fighting for the interests of all races and for national change,” he said.