[Civicness] Awang Selamat, Perkasa and HRH Sultan of Selangor

Translation for this hate-triggering article.

Perkasa, Ibrahim, and the Malay position

The 27 March inaugural meeting of Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia Association (Perkasa) has suddenly become an issue.

The Sultan of Selangor, His Royal Highness, Sultan Sharafuddin Shah, had at first agreed to attend the launch, but has since cancelled his desire. According to a statement issued by the palace, the cancellation was to prevent controversy and manipulation of the issue by certain parties.

These latest developments have left Perkasa, especially its president, Ibrahim Ali, in shock. Reports from the Sun newspaper (a local English daily) further claim that His Royal Highness had advised Perkasa to tone down its ultra-Malay rheotoric.

Ibrahim, on the other hand, has denied His Royal Highness had mentioned such matters to him in their recent face-to-face meeting.

Awang (he refers to himself in the third party) sympathises with what’s happened to Perkasa. Its struggle to guard the importance of Malay and Islamic rights under the constitution has received strong opposition, especially from certain non-Malays.

Such parties are supported quietly by the opposition, claming that Perkasa is ultra-Malay, racist, chauvinist, and so much more. In fact, in the blogs of DAP leaders and online news portal Malaysiakini, there are claims that liken Perkasa to the rebirth of the Devil. Their strategy is to weaken Perkasa, which has now received the widespread Malay support. There are a group of people who do not want any Malay NGO to be as powerful as Perkasa. To them, it’s fine if a non-Malay NGO is strong, but a Malay-based NGO must be weak. If a non-Malay NGO is as powerful and racist as Perkasa, it’s already become a norm. It’s odd how the one-year old Perkasa has been seen as a threat now.

Awang would like to ask you all, who’s the loudest and most forward in defending the sanctity of the Malay sultans when they have been insulted, if it were not for Perkasa? Where are the voices of the non-Malay NGOs and the rich tauke (Chinese rich) when the Malay Sultans were challenged?

When there were many who hung their heads in low confidence, who, without fear and consistently, fought for the rights of the Malays while they were under attack after the 12th General Election, if it were not Perkasa?

Who’s held Islam above ridicule if it were not for Perkasa, a few other Muslim NGOs and some other Malays?

Who’s been the shield to protect the Constitution from being challenged and rewritten, if not for NGOs like Perkasa? It’s obvious that Perkasa under the leadership of Ibrahim has led to a rebirth of confidence amongst the Malays.

Don’t forget Perkasa’s contributions. Don’t fall prey to the tricks of those who would threaten Perkasa on such easy motives.

Truthfully Awang is very thankful and grateful for Perkasa and the other few Malay NGOs for saving the heart of Malay politics from being destroyed in this country due to a huge conspiracy, hatched from the last general elections.

That makes Perkasa very special. So the meeting this coming 27 March will be especially poignant for Malays. Especially since statesman Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be officiating the launch, replacing His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Selangor. About 10,000 people are expected to attend this tradition-filled event at the Putra World Trade Centre.

As a gesture of appreciation for all of Perkasa’s sacrifices, Awang, who is merely a small creature in the scheme of things, has cancelled all his prior appointments, just to attend this ceremony, even if I have to stand outside the hall. If Mahathir can return early from his overseas trip to be with Perkasa, why not us?

There’s no need to be a Malay on this land if we’re too scared, and are willing to follow the exampls of those who would eat away at the Malay position.

Awang is not that kind of Malay.

Original copied here:

Perkasa, Ibrahim dan kedudukan Melayu

Majlis perasmian mesyuarat agung pertama Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) yang dijadualkan pada 27 Mac ini, tiba-tiba menjadi isu.

Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Shah yang pada mulanya bersetuju untuk merasmikan mesyuarat tersebut, telah membatalkan hasrat baginda. Menurut kenyataan Istana Selangor, pembatalan tersebut bagi mengelak kontroversi dan manipulasi pihak tertentu.

Perkembangan tersebut membuatkan Perkasa terutama Presidennya, Ibrahim Ali tersentak. Lebih menimbulkan rasa tidak senang Perkasa ialah laporan akhbar The Sun yang mendakwa Sultan Selangor telah menasihati Perkasa agar mengurangkan sikap ultra-Melayu.

Dalam reaksinya, Ibrahim menafikan Sultan Selangor ada menyebut hal itu dalam pertemuan dengan baginda.

Awang bersimpati dengan apa yang menimpa Perkasa. Kelantangannya memperjuangkan kepentingan Islam dan Melayu di bawah kerangka perlembagaan negara, mendapat tentangan daripada banyak pihak khususnya bukan Melayu.

Pihak-pihak berkenaan dengan disokong secara halus oleh gerakan pembangkang memainkan sentimen kononnya Perkasa ultra-Melayu, rasis, cauvinis dan pelbagai label lagi. Malah dalam blog pemimpin DAP dan portal berita Malaysiakini, ada tulisan yang menyifatkan Perkasa sebagai kelahiran semula syaitan. Strategi mereka adalah untuk melemahkan Perkasa, yang kini mendapat sokongan meluas masyarakat Melayu. Sememangnya ada golongan yang tidak mahu NGO Melayu yang menjadi sekuat Perkasa. Pada mereka, tidak mengapa jika NGO bukan Melayu hebat tetapi NGO Melayu mesti lemah. Jika NGO bukan Melayu menjadi begitu berpengaruh dan rasis, itu adalah hal biasa yang menjadi tuntutan. Anehnya Perkasa yang baru setahun jagung usianya sudah dilihat sebagai ancaman.

Awang ingin bertanya kepada semua, siapakah paling lantang dan ke hadapan mempertahankan kedaulatan institusi raja Melayu ketika dihina, jika bukan Perkasa. Di mana suara NGO bukan Melayu dan tauke-tauke kaya raya ketika Raja-Raja Melayu dicabar?

Ketika ramai tunduk tidak yakin, siapakah yang tanpa gentar dan secara konsisten mempertahankan kepentingan Melayu sewaktu diasak pelbagai pihak selepas Pilihan Raya Umum ke-12, jika bukan Perkasa.

Siapakah yang menjunjung martabat Islam daripada penghinaan banyak penjuru jika bukan Perkasa, beberapa NGO Islam serta Melayu yang lain.

Siapakah yang menjadi perisai mempertahankan perlembagaan daripada dicabar dan ditulis semula, kalau bukan NGO seperti Perkasa. Ternyata Perkasa di bawah kepimpinan Ibrahim mencetuskan keyakinan baru di kalangan orang Melayu.

Janganlah lupa jasa Perkasa. Usahlah terjebak dengan muslihat pihak yang mahu menggugat pertubuhan itu atas motif yang sebenarnya mudah difahami.

Sesungguhnya Awang amat bersyukur dan berterima kasih kerana Perkasa dan beberapa NGO Melayu lain telah membantu menyelamatkan tunjang politik Melayu di negara ini daripada runtuh hasil satu konspirasi besar kesan pilihan raya umum lalu, yang hampir mencapai kemuncaknya.

Itu yang menjadikan Perkasa amat istimewa. Maka majlis pada 27 Mac ini akan tetap bermakna buat orang Melayu. Lebih-lebih lagi kehadiran negarawan, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad yang akan merasmikannya menggantikan Sultan Selangor. Lebih 10,000 dijangka menghadiri majlis tersebut yang akan diadakan di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra dalam acara yang penuh istiadat Melayu.

Sebagai tanda penghargaan atas pengorbanan Perkasa, Awang yang sekadar insan kerdil, membatalkan acara lain yang telah Awang beri komitmen lebih awal, semata-mata untuk hadir pada majlis Perkasa nanti biar sekalipun berdiri di luar dewan. Kalau Mahathir sanggup pulang awal dari misi lawatan ke luar negara hanya untuk bersama-sama Perkasa, mengapa tidak kita.

Usahlah menjadi Melayu di tanah air ini, jika kita terlalu takut dan mengikut telunjuk pihak yang sedangpun menghakis kedudukan Melayu.

Awang bukan jenis itu.

2 Responses

  1. Neon March 22, 2010 / 1:37 PM

    fff *silently HEADDESKS*

    • Naoko Kensaku March 22, 2010 / 1:44 PM

      Headdesk for the bad translation, or just the general fail! in the article?

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