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Protests in Perak Unheeded

Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (PAS) was sworn in as Perak Menteri Besar on the 17th of March in Kuala Kangsar. There were a number of protests against this decision by the Sultan, with the general theme being that BN should form the state government.

I do agree with them somewhat in the sense that BN did grab the most seats, whereas the Opposition coalition are not a formal alliance. Ultimately it was up to the Sultan to decide though, and reasonable people should accept his decision.

I did find one protest hilarious enough to write about though:

Nine women NGOs have made an urgent plea for the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah to postpone the swearing-in ceremony scheduled tomorrow and to consider instead the option of a minority BN government.

In a hastily called press conference leading to it being held at the coffee house of a hotel here, the group representatives said they were worried and had no confidence that the coalition government of DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and PAS would be able to achieve a stable state government.

The group, naming themselves the Perak Malay Women NGO Meeting, cited the much-publicised bickering of the three parties as a pointer to this assumption which they reached in a meeting on Saturday. The nine organisations are the districts Perak Women and Family Development Council, the (WI) Women Grouping, Gerakwanis Belia 4B, Perak Malaysian Muslim Women Welfare Body, Perak Women Cooperative, members of the Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan (PPK), Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK), the Henry Gurney Alumni and the women members of the Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS).

– quoted from an article published in NST on 16th March 2008 (link)

In case it is not readily apparent, let me list the NGOs named

  1. Perak Women and Family Development Council
  2. The (WI) Women Grouping
  3. Gerakwanis Belia 4B
  4. Perak Malaysian Muslim Women Welfare Body
  5. Perak Women Cooperative
  6. Members of the Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan (PPK)
  7. Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK)
  8. The Henry Gurney Alumni
  9. The women members of the Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS)

Can you see in any of their titles, a reason for their group to name themselves the Perak Malay Women NGO Meeting? The moment I read that I lost all respect for them, because either they are all racially biased organisations (why can’t the Women Cooperative help non-Malays?) or they felt that non-Malays are not relevant in deciding who leads their state government. Maybe by some bizarre coincidence the non-Malay members of these NGOs were too busy to come? 🙂

It wouldn’t surprise me if they were Puteri Umno travelling incognito 😉 No pictures accompanied the article, so I am unable to find the tell-tale sign of the pink tudung…

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Written by ak57

March 20, 2008 at 7:13 pm

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