Ibrahim Ali’s remarks not representative of Malays, says Khairy
KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s “racist” remarks against the Chinese warning them against attending the upcoming Bersih rally is not reflective of all Malays, Khairy Jamaluddin has said.
The Perkasa president yesterday kicked off the Malay rights group’s counter-protest to Bersih 2.0 by burning images of Ambiga and warning the Chinese to stay indoors as “anything could happen.”
“I just want people to know, that this is the view of an MP who does not represent the majority of Malays.
“We are a noble race, we don’t subscribe to his view,” Khairy told reporters today.
Khairy called for action to be taken against Ibrahim.
“What he has said is very dangerous ... the least that can be done is an investigation for sedition,” said the Rembau MP.
Utusan Malaysia and Malay rights group Perkasa have accused Bersih of being an opposition tool to bring down the Barisan Nasional (BN) government through undemocratic means.
They allege that PR will use the rally to trigger an uprising similar to the popular protests that toppled Egypt’s Mubarak regime and now threaten governments in Libya, Syria and Yemen.
PR component parties and activists are gearing up to march on July 9 in the second such rally by election watchdog Bersih.
The first rally in 2007 saw up to 50,000 people take to the capital’s streets, before they were dispersed by police armed with tear gas and water cannons.
The 2007 rally has been credited for the PR’s record gains in Election 2008, where the opposition pact was swept to power in five states and won 82 parliamentary seats.
PAS has promised to bring some 300,000 protestors this year in hopes that it will galvanise support for the opposition in the next general election, expected to be called within a year.
Perkasa and 164 other non-governmental organisations as well as Umno Youth have said they will march on July 9 to counter the Bersih rally.