17th May 2018
PERKASA, PLEASE ADAPT TO A NEW MALAYSIA
Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) is amazed with Perkasa’s call for the appointment of the finance minister not be given to a non-Malay (as reported in MKini 16 May 2018). The reason given being that Malay interest under the various Malay/Muslim organisations under the ministry may be jeopardized.
Patriot would like to give a friendly reminder to Perkasa that this is a new Malaysia and the vast majority has voted for this change. The decades of race-based politicking, divide and rule, weaponised race and religion as tools to sow distrust and hatred, stereotyping of race and group to be hated as enemies, are now gone and buried. YB Lim Guan Eng has proven himself very capable of administering Penang, including taking care of the Malay/Muslim interest in the state.
Our Prime Minister and the new government have formidable tasks ahead. A humongous external debt needs to be settled. As at end 2017 our national external debt stood at RM 883 billion. That has not taken into consideration the syndicated loans and the loans guaranteed by our government. If so, the debt is widely believed to be around RM 1 trillion. In addition, 1MDB has a debt amounting to US$3.5 billion. The debt to GDP ratio is close to the threshold of 55%. The outlook does not look good for our country.
Patriot urge that Perkasa’s call of race-based, stereotyped thinking, be the last. Let us all Malaysians come together, put on our patriotic cap, support and work with our new government under Tun Dr Mahathir’s leadership. Let us think of ourselves as Malaysians first.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
President, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan