Tuesday, August 9

ROS: Perkasa has no branches in Sarawak

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KUCHING: The claim by Peninsula-based Malay radical group, Perkasa, that they have already set foot in Sarawak was rubbished by the state Registrar of Societies (ROS) yesterday.

The state ROS in a one-liner text message said: “As per as our record in ROS Sarawak, Perkasa has no branches in Sarawak.”

The office was responding to public queries over a news portal report quoting Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali that their Sarawak chapter was set up in 2008 and had around 3,000 members. He also claimed that the Sarawak chapter was inactive because its state chief, Abang Abdul Nasser Abang Hadri, had not been in good health.

He was also quoted as saying: “All this talk about us forming a chapter in Sarawak is nonsense as we are already here. The talk now is basically to stop our president Datuk Ibrahim Ali from entering the state.”

On top of that, Syed Hassan claimed that Perkasa Sabah had more than 45,000 members who were championing the rights of the Bumiputera in the state.

Prior to Syed Hassan’s statement, state politicians and Dayak-based NGOs specifically Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) and Bung Bratak Heritage Association sprang into action to condemn Ibrahim’s alleged extremist stance over sensitive matters involving race and religion.

The recent call to burn the Alkitab (Bibles) by Perkasa was probably the last straw that broke the camel’s back and caused non-Muslim Malaysians to lose trust in the NGO. They also questioned its sincerity when it (Perkasa) tried to bridge the credibility gap.

Basically, the state politicians and NGOs stated that any attempt by groups from outside the state, especially those with racist and radical stance, to spread their wings to the state and eventually disrupt the existing harmony among the locals must be stopped from the outset.

All well-meaning Sarawakians from the different ethnic groups must continue to uphold tolerance and harmony in all spheres of activity as they had done so without any problem since time immemorial, they added.

Interestingly, the controversial Ibrahim not only lost in the May 5 2013 general election in Pasir Mas to Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) candidate Nik Abduk Nik Aziz but was also on Tuesday sentenced to a one day jail and fined RM20,000 by Kuala Lumpur High Court for contempt of court against judge John Louis O’Hara who presided over opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s defamation suit against Utusan Melayu.