Friday, March 26, 2010

Perkasa AGM kicks off, march to police station on the cards

Malay-based interest group Perkasa launched its first annual general meeting (AGM) today at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur despite being hit recently by major blows to its image, with the Sultan of Selangor rejecting Perkasa's invitation to officiate the event and GLC's CEO's declining to attend.

 Notwithstanding these setbacks, more than 2,000 people have thronged the Dewan Tun Perak hall at PWTC this morning to officially celebrate the birth of Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Indigenous Malay Empowerment Organisation - Perkasa).

Among them are former-premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, who were greeted with a silat performance by about 200 members of Perkasa pro-tem president Ibrahim Ali's silat' school. 

Mahathir is slated to speak at 10.40am while officiating the event.

In his opening speech starting at 10am, Ibrahim - who is also an Independent Pasir Mas MP - started the AGM with a bang by hitting out at DAP's 'Malaysian Malaysia' and to maintain the special rights of the Malays and Bumiputras while lashed out at Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, who he said was among the causes of the current problems faced by the Malay community, while praising Malay-daily Utusan Malaysia for having risen to the community's defence. 

Among the events planned for today is a march by 1,000 Perkasa members to the nearby Sentul police station to lodge a report containing its grievances.

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