Rejecting Perkasa’s plan to establish a chapter in Sarawak, several people have said they do not want society in the state to be influenced by the Malay rights NGO’s ‘racist and anti-Christian stance’.

Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali announced the intention yesterday, after the Sabah chapter was set up with a purported membership of 45,000.

Perkasa president Ibrahim AliThe Malay right-wing movement is headed by former Pasir Mas MP Ibrahim Ali (left), who has been widely reviled for his “burn the Bible” remark and threat to wage a “holy war” against Christians.

News of the intended chapter was posted in a Facebook account, drawing instant reaction against it.

“The state government must bar these extremists from entering Sarawak,” DAP’s Serian branch head Edward Andrew Luak said.

“If we give them blessings to set a foot here, it (will be) tantamount to giving blessings (for) extremism to flourish in Sarawak. Sarawakians will not tolerate it.”

Bloggers had their say as well, with one writing: “Let us all get together and hound Ibrahim Ali out if he ever sets foot in Sarawak.”

Another said: “Ibrahim Ali, for all your extremist statements, you still want to come to Sarawak? You are just not welcome.”

One observer saw this as a sign that “Umno’s penetration is deeper that we see or believe”.

“Umno sends in its storm-troopers to stir up Muslims and even the native people by creating nonsensical racial issues,” he said.

“People must decide whether they want the debauched society that (Perkasa has) created in (the peninsula) . If not, they must reject these ‘fascists and Nazis’.”

Another commentator said: “Perkasa is only a bunch of religious extremists and renegades backed by the Umno (federal) government. Once Umno is out of the picture, Perkasa will be treated the same as Jemaah Islamiah, Abu Sayaf and Ali Maunah.” 

NONESarawak PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How (right) accused Perkasa of being an agent and a wing of Umno.

“Most likely, the announcement is just to test the waters here. However, it will have no market as Sarawak generally has better racial interaction and hence harmony (than the peninsula). It has no place for racism,” See said.

“It is more for the PBB to feel alarmed as the undertone is clearly an Umno message to gain a foothold in Sarawak. There are some Umno leaders who are not happy with PBB.”

Parti Rakyat Sarawak president James Masing also said Sarawak does not need Perkasa and that he would advise the NGO against setting up the branch.

“We are much better off without them,” said Masing, who is the state minister for land development.

The writer, who uses a pseudonym, is based in Sarawak.