PERKASA and the Defense of Malay Rights
In 1946, 43 Malay NGOs gathered at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman Kampung Baru to form a UNITED FRONT to oppose the Malayan Union, which would have stripped the Malay Sultans of their TRADITIONAL POWERS and would have put the IMMIGRANTS on the same footing of the INDIGENOUS MALAYS. The getting together of the Malay NGOs gave birth to what’s now called the United Malays National Organisation(UMNO).
The IMMIGRANT Chinese and Indians DID NOT take part in the fight against the Malayan Union partly because they were SUPPORTIVE of the Malayan Union, and partly because they were then NOT YET citizens of Tanah Melayu.
The Malays fight against Malayan Union was given MORAL BOOST by retired British administrators. To them, when they first landed in Tanah Melayu, they dealt only with the Malays and their Sultans. To them, when the British decided to leave, they have to hand over the country to the Malays and their Sultans.
In the face of strong opposition from the Malays, united under UMNO, the British decided to RESCIND the Malayan Union, and replaced it with the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, as a transition Government PRIOR to full independence.
Along the road to full independence, the British persuaded UMNO and the Malay Sultans to accept the Chinese and Indian IMMIGRANTS as citizens of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, to facilitate the independence. UMNO and the Malay Sultan AGREED to the British proposals, with THE CONDITION that the Chinese and Indians recognise the SPECIAL POSITION of Malays and other related ‘Malay-centred’ provisions, which were known as the SOCIAL CONTRACT.
Its NOT fair to label organisations like Perkasa, whose aim is to UPHOLD what had been agreed by the founders of our modern Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, and later, Malaysia, as racists or Malay extremists.
Those who are seeking to DISMANTLE the foundations of our modern nation are the real CULPRIT in jeapordising the PEACE, STABILITY and PROSPERITY which have been enjoyed by all Malaysians for over 50 years.