KUALA LUMPUR: The inaugural annual general meeting of the Malay--based Perkasa has been opened by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Putra World Trade Centre here.
In his opening speech, Dr Mahathir said the sudden mushrooming of Malay non-governmental organisations reflected Umno’s weakness in defending the rights of the Malays.
He added that NGOs like Perkasa will cease to exist when Umno regains its strength to defend the rights of the Malays.
He is confident that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will succeed in returning Umno to its glory.
Dr Mahathir also advised Najib to listen to the grouses of all races including the Malays and take appropriate actions to rectify the situation.
He also called on those who claimed that the non-Malays are marginalised to provide the statistics on the actual number of Malay graduates and percentage of Malays who owned posh homes.
The new economic policy, he said, was not created to rob other races of their share in the economic pie.
Under the new economic policy, the government implement measures to expand the economic pie to benefit all races, he said.
Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali, in his opening speech, hit out at the Pakatan Rakyat for dividing the Malays and for failing to defend Islam.