Curb ‘fascist’ Perkasa, Rahim Noor, Pakatan MPs tell Najib

By Shannon Teoh, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 — The federal opposition has called Perkasa and Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor “fascist monsters” after the former top cop likened the rise of human rights movements to communism during the Malay rights group’s general assembly on Wednesday.

Pakatan Rayat (PR) lawmakers said today that Datuk Seri Najib Razak “must immediately put a stop to this fascism movement and openly condemn the former IGP and Perkasa… if he is sincere about his political transformation programme.”

“The latest attacks against the human rights movement is clearly an attempt to reverse Najib’s capitulation to civil society movements such as Bersih,” said DAP publicity chief Tony Pua, referring to the electoral reform movement which saw tens of thousands take to the streets of the capital on July 9.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said Perkasa, comprising many hardliners from Umno, opposed the prime minister’s parliamentary select committee to improve the electoral system and a raft of reforms that include the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA).

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar also told The Malaysian Insider that “the tragedy lies not in Rahim Noor’s archaic, irrelevant and misguided views, but in the fact there remain organisations that prop up and bring new life to such monsters.”

The Lembah Pantai MP also accused Perkasa and the former IGP of “a hidden, dangerous agenda… an affront to common sense and should be rejected by all peace loving Malaysians.”

Nurul Izzah said Perkasa and Rahim had ‘a hidden, dangerous agenda’. — File pic
Abdul Rahim, who resigned from the police force in1999 after confessing to assaulting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim when the former deputy prime minister was under custody over sodomy charges, had called the “human rights wave” a “new religion” that would lead to Malaysia’s social contract being questioned.