Perkasa says ‘anti-Malay’ Guan Eng lied about Prophet’s birthday do

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid, The Malaysian Insider

Malay rights group Perkasa today labelled Lim Guan Eng as ‘anti-Malay’, saying the Penang chief minister lied about the purported cancellation of this year’s Prophet birthday march.

Perkasa leader Datuk Ibrahim Ali said Lim overturned the cancellation only when a state government document suggesting the cancellation was leaked to Utusan Malaysia and Umno leaders.

“Lim Guan Eng is anti-Malay. He is the racist. The letters leaked are proof that he had lied,” he told some 250 Perkasa supporters while inaugurating the outfit’s wiranita, Wra and Wirawati wings here.

The Pasir Mas MP, who won the seat on a PAS ticket, also slammed the Islamist party for defending the Penang chief minister on the issue.

Its party organ Harakah had come out to attack Umno-linked newspaper Utusan Malaysia for “twisting” the issue with its report that Lim had intended to cancel the annual procession to mark Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday.

The Penang chief minister denied the allegation and blasted the report as “lies”, with his officials saying the leaked document was a suggestion by civil servants in response to another letter asking to revise the birthday celebrations.

The officials said there are three sets of letters, dated Jan 13, Feb 5 and Feb 12, issued by civil servants over the celebrations but the final decision was with the state executive council.