Utusan says Ku Li splitting Malays further


By Shannon Teoh, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 — Utusan Malaysia said today Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s new non-governmental organisation would further divide Malay political power, turning the majority race into a minority force.

The Umno-owned newspaper said that Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah), which was launched on July 22, would create a seventh bloc of Malays, citing as evidence the recent emergence of the Kelantan prince as a possible replacement for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as opposition leader.

“It appears that Malays are dividing their power to even smaller parts. So the majority in Malaysia will now become the minority and the minority will become the majority in determining the political direction of the country.

“Or maybe it is no longer relevant for Malays to lead the motherland’s politics. If this is true and can be accepted by all, then let it be,” Datuk Zaini Hassan, the newspaper’s assistant chief editor wrote today.

He listed Umno Malays, PAS Malays, PKR Malays, DAP Malays, Malays on the fence and liberal Malays as the existing six groups of the community that makes up 60 per cent of the population.

According to him, Amanah would derive its members from these groups and cause a further split in power.

In his “Cuit” column, he questioned the motive of political leaders who have suddenly banded together with Tengku Razaleigh, popularly referred to as Ku Li.

“Do they want to compete with Perkasa? Or will Perkasa and Amanah merge and become a political party?