Perkasa wants a Bumi Pemandu

By Adib Zalkapli, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 – Perkasa urged the goveBy Adirnment today to form a special unit headed by a minister to protect the interest of Bumiputeras.

The Malay rights group’s economic bureau chief Dr Zubir Harun said such a unit should enjoy a similar status as the government’s performance management and delivery unit (Pemandu) as led by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Idris Jala.

“Pemandu is effective, but they are lacking a Bumiputera agenda,” said Zubir after a Perkasa economic bureau meeting.

“So we want a Pemandu for the Bumiputera agenda with a chief executive officer with ministerial status,” he added.

“Of course the CEO must be someone who is passionate about the Bumiputera agenda and not a liberal Malay,” he said.

Zubir said that the proposed unit would complement the role played by the Bumiputera Agenda Supreme Council, whose formation was announced by Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the end of the Umno general assembly last October.

The Perkasa vice-president said special labs similar to Pemandu’s should also be set up to focus on issues of interest to Bumiputeras.