TO Nazri and Khairy it was easy to pick on Dr Mahathir. After all he is already the target of the racists and chauvinists in the PKR/DAP unholy union.
Schizophrenic PAS supporters may also target Dr Mahathir but of late it had been quite lame because the accusations of him being anti-Islam does not hold much water given their spiritual leader Nik Aziz’s pronouncements which were unquestionably un-Islamic.
And so Nazri and Khairy, riding on the PKR-DAP chauvinism, attempted to portray themselves as being “liberal” Malays.
And what better way to do this than join the opposition and other racist elements in attacking Perkasa. They are aware that by attacking Perkasa, they are getting to Dr Mahathir.
Nazri and Khairy do not care if Dr Mahathir was the target of the PKR/DAP condemnation because they feared his courage to stand up and expose their racist and chauvinistic views guised behind liberalism and multi-racialism.
Neither do they care that Perkasa is probably the only body articulating Malay fears, uncertainties and bewilderment over tnon-Malay racist and anti-Islam overtones.
But for the Umno leadership to condone Khairy and Nazri’s attempts to sever ties with Perkasa is obviously a reflection of the party’s state of affairs.
If the leadership of Umno had reflected on the months leading to the 2008 general election, they would be aware that Perkasa is a manifestation of the disgust felt by many Malays towards Umno then.
For that matter, adding to this disgust is why is it that Umno is so keen to denounce Perkasa when the MCA were never pressured to denounce the chauvinistic Suqiu or Dong Ziao Zhong or the MIC to condemn the militant and racist Hindraf.
It is a matter of fact that the MCA and of course the chauvinist DAP, use the demands made by Chinese chauvinist groups to pressure the Government to accede to them, hoping along the way to eventually become the eventual champion of the Chinese community.
As proven at the recent Chinese Economic Congress, MCA’s president Chua Soi Lek unabashedly said that his party had to fight for the community which supports it.
If a similar thing had been said by Perkasa, the Chinese would have been frothing at the mouth with accusations of racism.
Similarly with the MIC – when Hindraf came to the fore, instead of denouncing Hindraf for its racist utterances towards the Malays and Islam – it championed their cause.
Yet, the likes of Khairy and Nazri were not prepared to take these people up, obviously without the courage nor ability to deal with the manipulative and racist non-Malay groups.
In many ways, Umno should be glad that Perkasa is there to fight for the Malays and Bumiputeras and it is perceived to have the blessings of Umno.
To many Malays out there, Perkasa is taking up what Umno couldn’t do because it has to observe the Barisan Nasional concept.
Many Malays who are pro-Umno but had abandoned the party in 2008, are now supporting Umno again via Perkasa.
Umno should have let Perkasa be and should have continued to be silent if it can’t support it.
The Umno leadership should put the likes of Khairy and Nazri on a leash (if it is not capable to send them to the pound) in so far as dealing with Perkasa.
They should be the last person to speak about Perkasa or Dr Mahathir. In fact, they should not be allowed to speak on behalf of Umno. They have done enough damage.
But for Umno and Najib, they have to realise that they are losing the Malay ground. And it may be worse than that suffered by Abdullah. And if Najib and Umno think that they will gain any non-Malay votes by denouncing Perkasa, they are very, very wrong.
And Perkasa could have been the very antidote for Umno to regain the lost Malay ground.