CNBC:Why is former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and now Perkasa, why are they so upset though?
NAJIB:(Dr Mahathir and Perkasa) are not against us. They are talking more about bumiputra rights. But actually we are not taking anything away from the bumiputra, but we are saying that let us do it differently. Let us get better results. Let us achieve a more equitable society. But at the same time, being fair to the non-bumiputras as well. Because we want to build a One Malaysia.
Why KJ & Co should engage Perkasa. This is as good as Umno's official stand on Perkasa as you can get, for now. And said at a time when several Umno leaders (actually just a handful of them, namely Khairy Jamaluddin, Nazri Aziz, Ku Nan and Khalid Nordin) are starting to attack Perkasa the way the DAP has been attacking this NGO, I say it's a timely statement from the Umno president to let his little mavericks know where the line should be drawn and avoid a "power struggle"wished for by Sin Chew, the newspaper that has lately been critical of anything too pro-Malay.
Actually, if you ask me, Umno does not need to make a stand on Perkasa. It does not need to openly declare support for Perkasa and Perkasa is also not asking for Umno's support. However, as a political party that represents the interests of the Malays and the Bumiputeras it is incumbent for Umno to engage all Malay, Bumiputera and pro-Malay/Bumi NGOs and bodies.
I asked @daxmuhamad on twitter this morning:"... ever wondered why people who are so supportive of the racist (anti-Malay) Hindraf are so against Perkasa? Eg Kit Siang and Anwar Ibrahim"?[Remember, a Hindraf leader even stood for elections in March 2008 under the DAP's banner, which means he had the support of the Pakatan Rakyat!]
The fear of Perkasa, which has posed no real or serious threat to the Malaysian status quo, is irrational and starting to really irritate more and more people who know that this fear is being inflicted by some politicians for their own political expediency. It's just a matter of time before everyone realizes it.