In a sign of how emboldened Perkasa has become after its leaders managed to pressure Prime Minister Najib Razak into an embarrassing U-turn, the ultra-Malay rights group has vowed to create more trouble for Malaysian Chinese rapper Namewee when he tours the country to launch his music album.
The words that Perkasa leaders are now using against Namewee are becoming increasingly violent, calling him a coward and accusing him of trying to be a Tionghua hero.
“As we have warned before, from the way they are behaving, Perkasa and Umno are trying to re-create a May 13 type of situation. There is already more than enough proof to arrest and charge the Perkasa leaders involved for inciting hatred and using inflammatory words. The police should act immediately. Why aren't they doing so?” PKR vice president Lee Boon Chye told Malaysia Chronicle.
|Namewee aka Wee Meng Chee|
Pakatan Rakyat leaders have condemned the new Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar for double standards and racial favoritism. They have demanded that he act immediately.So far, the authorities have kept silent despite the obvious deterioration in public confidence.
On Wednesday, not content with the ruckus they created the night before, Perkasa Youth chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah declared 'war' on Namewee, calling him a coward for not coming out to meet the Perkasa group last night.
“If he was so brave why didn't he step out yesterday? If he is trying to act like a Tionghua (Chinese) hero, then why did he not have the guts to face Malay warriors last night? We only wanted to talk,” Malaysiakini reported Arman as saying.
Tionghua hero versus Malays warrior
Arman said Perkasa members were ready to act as panglima perang dan hulubalang Melayu (Malay warriors), and would shadow Namewee during his tour.“We accept news of his tour with open arms. If he performs inside, we will 'perform' outside too,” he said
Again, the Najib administration failed to take action against the two teachers although it is now nearly months since news first broke that they had asked their Chinese pupils to return to China and one of them even likened Indians to dogs.
"The video has disrupted racial harmony. Who made the video? He made a mistake, so why hide behind the police?” Arman asked.
Najib's weak hold on the country
Pundits blame Najib for the flare-up in racial tensions, accusing him of being too weak to stand up to the growing extremism showed by Perkasa and the right-wing members of his own Umno party that include Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and former premier Mahathir Mohamad.
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Hence Najib's decision to U-turn, which also forced Tengku Adnan to issue a denial of his earlier statements.
Perkasa was formed early this year following enormous negative publicity for Umno after Najib gave the green light for mass demonstrations against non-Muslims being allowed to use the word Allah to describe God. Fearing a backlash from the non-Malay eletorate, Umno then "outsourced" its traditional ideology of Malay supremacy to Perkasa.