Why stay silent on Johor developments? PAS MP asks Perkasa

Khalid urged Selangor’s religious authorities to probe the group for being extremists and deviants. — File pic
Khalid urged Selangor’s religious authorities to probe the group for being extremists and deviants. — File pic

SHAH ALAM, Jan 29 — PAS MP Khalid Abdul Samad questioned today Malay rights group Perkasa’s silence over various development projects affecting the Malays in Johor after the recent flare-up against the Datum Jelatek project in Keramat.

The Shah Alam MP also urged Selangor’s religious authorities to probe the group for being “extremists and deviants”, claiming their actions have painted a negative image of Islam.

“Why are they silent when there are worse actions being done in BN states?

“Iskandar Malaysia has been completed and sold out to Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong nationals,” Khalid told reporters here.

"Why are they quiet? Is there no Perkasa in Johor?”

Khalid also listed down the Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development project in Pengerang and the 2,000-hectare man-made island “Forest City” as other developments which he pointed out have allegedly displaced many Malay villagers.

“Obviously this is a Barisan Nasional agenda aimed to tarnish Pakatan Rakyat’s image, as if Pakatan does not care for the interest of the Bumiputera,” the PAS central working committee member said.

The MP also claimed that Perkasa, who had joined the protest in Keramat last weekend, were acting against the teachings of Islam and must be tackled by the Selangor religious department, council and fatwa committee.

“I urge them, reveal and explain based on reason and arguments why their actions are rejected by Islam. If they are right, say that they are right. If they are wrong, say they are wrong,” urged Khalid.

Fearing their Malay-majority city neighbourhood may soon be overrun by Chinese, a group of residents in Taman Keramat marched to the construction site of upscale condominium project Datum Jelatek and violently tore down its cladding on Sunday.

The group had warned of “bloodshed” last November if the luxury condo project, which sits on the former site of four blocks of Selangor State Development Corporation flats owned mostly by Malays, goes ahead.

However, a group of 15 Malay residents from Taman Keramat stepped up today to condemn last week’s protest against the construction of a luxury condominium in their neighbourhood, even claiming that most of those who participated were “strangers”.