By Athi Shankar, Free Malaysia Today
GEORGE TOWN: A state Gerakan official has chided Perkasa as the Malaysian version of the American white supremacist movement, Klu Klux Klan.
Lawyer Baljit Singh, who heads the Penang Gerakan’s legal and human rights bureau, said like the Klu Klux Klan, Perkasa too advocated racism and fascism.
“Like the American group, Perkasa incites racial hatred by creating pretentious enemies.
“Perkasa also talks about Malay supremacy over other ethnic groups,” he told FMT here yesterday.
He was referring to Perkasa’s threat to wage a holy war against minority Christians if they undermined the official status of Islam in the country.
Calling on the home ministry to act swiftly to cripple Perkasa through legal means, Baljit said the government must not treat lightly the threat posed by Perkasa to national security and harmony.
He said that although he does not support draconian laws such as the Internal Security Act (ISA) and Sedition Act, he wants the government to wield those legislations to curb Perkasa.
Baljit said that he wants Perkasa banned, adding that the government has a public duty to crush the movement’s ugly racism.
“If Putrajaya fails to do so, Perkasa is set to lead the nation to the kingdom of doom,” he said.
Baljit also called on Perkasa patron, ex-prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to openly declare his stand on the organisation’s “holy war” stance against the Christians.
He said that Malaysians would love to know Mahathir’s stand on Perkasa’s constant play with the fire of racism and fascism.
“Is Mahathir too supporting the holy war?” he asked.