Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on Wednesday, 14th July 2010:
Every Cabinet Minister and Barisan Nasional component party should take a stand - whether in support of Muhyiddin or Nazri on Perkasa and formation of Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan Perkasas
Two diametrically opposite stand on the recrudescence of racist posturings and outpourings in Malaysia 53 years after Merdeka, 47 years after formation of Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak and 15 months after Prime Minister's Datuk Seri Najib Razak's proclamation of 1Malaysia policy.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz rightly smacked down the ridiculous idea of the MCA Vice President Datuk Lim Siang Chai for a Chinese version of Perkasa to counter Perkasa.
I fully agree with Nazri when he described Siang Chai's suggestion was "ridiculous" as it would only cause racial tension among the Malays and Chinese at a time when the government should be defusing it.
It is utterly shocking that a Deputy Minister of the Najib administration which advocated a 1Malaysia policy could envisage and even publicly propose the formation of Chinese, Indian, Iban and Kadazan Perkasa to counter the extremist racist posturings and outpourings of Perkasa, as it is a great disservice to five decades of Malaysian nation-building and a total repudiation of Najb’s 1Malaysia policy to create a vibrant, productive and competitive nation where every Malaysian perceives himself or herself as Malaysian first and by race, religion, geographical region or socio-economic group second.
But what is even more shocking is that the MCA Deputy Minister's ridiculous suggestion of a plethora of ethnically-based Perkasas has the blessings of the Deputy Prime Minister and Umno Deputy President, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who came to Siang Chai's defence.
In doing so, Muhyiddin has confirmed that he is the foremost opponent of 1Malaysia in Cabinet and government – as he had previously declared publicly that he is a Malay first and a Malaysian second!
The question is whether Muhyiddin will have the upper hand if every Cabinet Minister has to take a stand whether to support Muhyiddin or Nazri on the question of the spawning of ethnic Perkasas in the country.
Every Cabinet Minister and Barisan Nasional component party should take a stand – on support for Muhyiddin or Nazri on the issue of Perkasa and formation of Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan Perkasas in particular and the 1Malaysia policy in general.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor