Re: Scholarships a Malay special right, says Perkasa
My blood almost literally boils every time Ibrahim Ali spouts some downright racist, hatred-inciting remark. The man deserves the ISA, if ever there was any legitimate justification for it.
But getting angry does nothing. What's important is to realise that Perkasa is serving the function that UMNO cannot at this time; scaring the Malays. UMNO, actually being in the government, can't afford to be making such extreme remarks these days (yes, they're a lot less inflammatory now). Najib after all is a smart politician. He's playing his cards well. But in the past, BN could always count on 2 strategies:
1. Getting the support of all the races, and maybe a little less of the Malay vote.
2. Getting much less support from the minorities, and a lot more of the Malay vote.
So if they Chinese and Indians don't support BN, UMNO tries to alienate the Malays from the rest and scare them into voting BN (hence the whole non-Muslim plot shit). But now, given that people are much more wary of such things coming from the government, Najib knows he can't have his party saying these things. So who does it?...Perkasa.
Think about it. What the hell is Perkasa? It's a party with, far as I know, a grand total of ONE MP in Parliament. One. And yet its statements are getting all sorts of press coverage. Ibrahim Ali was not nearly so vocal before he set up Perkasa. And the lack of punishment it's received, not to mention Utusan aligning itself with it, is very telling - Perkasa is here to do what UMNO can't now. To scare the Malays, to get their votes. If the plan works and the Malays are wary of losing power, then Perkasa wins. BN wins. UMNO wins.
BUT, given that now I think the Malays are split almost half-half, Perkasa doesn't seem to be doing a good job. If the public in general turns against Perkasa, then Najib simply has to sweep in and clamp down on them - and play the hero. Win-win either way.
This is assuming Najib is in control. He's got things tight by most indications, but also, considering how Muhyiddin keeps saying stupid things and how lots of UMNO people voice things out through Perkasa, it's also a safe bet that he's got a lot of dissent in his own party as well. Abdullah couldn't handle the warlords. Can Najib? I don't know.
But regardless of whether it's just a racist party, or a facade for BN's true behind-the-scenes manipulation, all we have to do is kick Ibrahim Ali out of Parliament come the next GE.