KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 — Malay rights group Perkasa today labelled Lim Guan Eng as ‘anti-Malay’, saying the Penang chief minister lied about the purported cancellation of this year’s Prophet birthday march.
Perkasa leader Datuk Ibrahim Ali said Lim overturned the cancellation only when a state government document suggesting the cancellation was leaked to Utusan Malaysia and Umno leaders.
“Lim Guan Eng is anti-Malay. He is the racist. The letters leaked are proof that he had lied,” he told some 250 Perkasa supporters while inaugurating the outfit’s wiranita, Wra and Wirawati wings here.
The Pasir Mas MP, who won the seat on a PAS ticket, also slammed the Islamist party for defending the Penang chief minister on the issue.
Its party organ Harakah had come out to attack Umno-linked newspaper Utusan Malaysia for “twisting” the issue with its report that Lim had intended to cancel the annual procession to mark Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday.
The Penang chief minister denied the allegation and blasted the report as “lies”, with his officials saying the leaked document was a suggestion by civil servants in response to another letter asking to revise the birthday celebrations.
The officials said there are three sets of letters, dated Jan 13, Feb 5 and Feb 12, issued by civil servants over the celebrations but the final decision was with the state executive council.
A scanned copy of one letter that bore the letterhead of the state secretariat dated Feb 5 showed the proposal to cancel the procession in favour of a gathering at the Dewan Sri Pinang. The copy was put up at www.rembau.net, the
Utusan carried a report today on what the Rembau MP had said on his blog, that Lim should come clean on the matter.
Ibrahim said PAS in defending Lim and his Penang government has made itself a “tool” for the DAP which he accused them of being chauvinistic and racists.
“These are the real crooks,” he said referring to PAS and added that the Islamist party has betrayed the Malay cause by working closely with the predominantly Chinese DAP.
Ibrahim also condemned the act of 50 Australian MPs who had lodged a formal protest, urging Malaysia to drop sodomy charges against opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“They are extremely biadap (rude). Who are they to interfere with our affairs? No one in this country is above the law,” lamented the Perkasa founder and president.
Ibrahim, who was detained under ISA with Anwar for a farmers protest in 1974, also chided the PKR leader and the Pakatan Rakyat pact for using the Sodomy II trial as campaign issues despite the ongoing trial.
“This is subjudice to the court. I have never heard of anyone else doing so,” said the former deputy minister in charge of the judicial services, urging members of the public to lodge police reports against those found using the trial as campaign issues.