Perkasa veep moots political party status for group, says Umno, BN weak

Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman speaks at Perkasa AGM at the Pusat Islam Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, December 14, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman speaks at Perkasa AGM at the Pusat Islam Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, December 14, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 — Perkasa must amplify its efforts to become a full-fledged political party to govern Malaysia instead of Umno, vice-president Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said today after citing his disappointment in the ruling party.

Rashid, who was formerly Election Commission (EC) chairman, said Perkasa should seriously consider taking the next step and registering itself as a political entity to replace Umno, claiming the ruling Malay party has fallen short of expectations in its fight for Bumiputera rights.

“I would urge Perkasa to fortify efforts to become a political body which will rule this country.

“Once you run this country, no need to complain (to Umno and Barisan Nasional),” he said during his speech at Perkasa’s annual general assembly here.

The Perkasa man said that although Barisan Nasional (BN) has not lost the political battlefield, the coalition is very weak.

“They have not lost, but they are ‘nyawa-nyawa ikan’ (almost dying),” he claimed.

Rashid lamented how each year resolutions passed at Umno’s general assembly would not be enforced properly.

“So many resolutions made by Umno, most of it goes into the dustbin.

“I have no baggage, I joined Perkasa. I can tell about his baggage (some Umno members),” the Perkasa leader said.

Rashid pointed out that the main problem that the federal government has left unaddressed is corruption.

“The Chinese, the Indians they corrupt our leaders. That is because they are smart.”

“Now even the Malays corrupt our leaders,” he added.

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