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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Time to Curb Malaysia's Racial Attack Dogs

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by Salim Osman – Straits Times Indonesia

Yes, not only is Perkasa annoying the hell out of Malaysians with their broken logic political rhetoric, it's getting attention elsewhere, too.

One good thing about the Indonesian press - they don't mince their words. They don't have to, in fact. They are free to report and write as they see fit. Unlike their Malaysian counterparts who have to be more circumspect and compliant.

Because if the Malaysian government doesn't get your ass, Perkasa will make sure any press they don't like gets persecuted.

That's the kind of power and sway Ibrahim Ali and his gang of idiots have, it appears, over UMNO and BN, both too chicken-shit to dismiss this ultra-right wingnut NGO, the way wingnut organizations deserve to be dismissed.

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As racial tensions rise in Malaysia, one organization causing ripples in the country is Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa).
The group pushed the political temperature to a new high when its president, Ibrahim Ali, on May 14 threatened to wage a crusade against Christians if they turned Malaysia into a Christian state, as claimed by Utusan Malaysia newspaper in a report on an alleged Christian conspiracy.
Christian leaders accused the newspaper of fabrication. Utusan, which is owned by the United Malays National Organisation, the dominant party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, is being investigated for the report, which it maintains is true.
Perkasa has become the new player in race politics with Ibrahim, 59, a maverick politician, able to make seditious remarks with impunity.