Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Forget reconciliation, says Perkasa chief, move on

Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali has described the government's call for national reconciliation as an insult to the public's intelligence.

"The general election is over, those who won should be congratulated and those who lost should accept the result.

"There is no such thing as national reconciliation. It is just rhetoric," said the Malay rights group leader.

To stress his point, Ibrahim then quoted Napoleon: "Do what I asked you to do, not do as I do". He then urged the government to get on with the job of running the country.

"Those who talk the most are usually the most immoral and corrupt. There are the ones who say do not send your children abroad to study, do not go overseas on holiday, stay in Malaysia.

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"But the very next minute, the same people who made those statements are the ones who do exactly that, sending their children abroad and going overseas for holidays.

"There are people who say be honest and have principles, do not accept bribes, but these are the same people who have substantial wealth and an array of luxury vehicles in their homes,” he said at a press conference today at the
Perkasa headquarters in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.

Ibrahim said Malaysia is now a knowledge-based society and the public is well-read and educated. It is almost impossible to pull the wool over their eyes and tell lies, he said.

"In the old days, farmers would be grateful when they received free fertilizer from the government. They had no qualms about supporting the government in the elections."

But today's generation of Malaysians, Ibrahim said, see government assistance as their right.

Ibrahim also gave his take on why Malays abandoned Barisan Nasional in May's general election.

"The young Malays support the opposition while their parents support Umno. So why are the young Malays not on the same wavelength as their parents?

"It is because they are educated, they are not stupid. The party which wins in the next general election will be one who can prove that their leaders and members are morally upstanding and clean," he said.

In the recent polls, Ibrahim stood as an independent in the Pasir Mas seat and was soundly beaten by Nik Abduh Nik Aziz from PAS.

He was involved in a straight fight after Barisan Nasional' s candidate Che Johan Che Pa withdrew after showing up at the nomination centre.

Ibrahim won the seat in the 2008 general election on a PAS ticket and immediately threw his support behind Umno.

He was endorsed as a BN-friendly candidate this time and that was said to have angered many Pasir Mas Pas members.

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