Umno Youth to 'avoid' Perkasa

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GEORGE TOWN: Penang Umno Youth will not play by the shameful antics of Persatuan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa).

Its chief, Shaik Hussein Mydin, said Perkasa's brand of "extremist politics" cannot be accepted because it was embarassing and regretful.

"We (Penang Umno Youth) cannot speak to them because they won't listen to us. I couldn't ask them to stand down and get out of the field. They have their own methods of politics. We do not wan anything to do with them," he said.

Shaik Hussein agreed that it was "hitting below the belt" to brandish slippers and spit at the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's official car but he claimed Lim had also provoked them.

Saying he was upset at the turn of events, he agreed that Perkasa and Umno Youth members should never have called Lim Cina babi and used other abusive words.

As a result, he told The Malay Mail, Umno Youth members who joined hands with Perkasa on the evening of the Himpunan Hijau 2.0 anti-Lynas gathering on Feb 26 would be disciplined following the completion of investigations by the police.

"I believe there were six of them who went along with Perkasa and we will punish them," he said.

"This is not our way of protesting at a gathering. We are embarassed and we regret what happened to the two journalists."

On Friday, police released 29 photographs of people who could have information related to the incident. To date, there have been 12 police reports lodged over the fracas.

Shaik Hussein said that although Umno Youth would still be friends with Perkasa because they shared a common ethnic thread, they would steer clear of future gatherings to avoid being branded as extremists.

"We don't want to get embroiled in Perkasa's mistake of being rowdy," he said.

Shaik Hussein also said he supported Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's apology to the people of Kedah for the mistakes BN had made in the past, which resulted in its loss in the 2008 general election.

He said it was not easy for the country's highestranking leader to go to the ground and apologise for the party's mistakes.

Shaik Hussein, who was disappointed with DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang's statement likening Najib's apology to a "blank cheque", said it was chauvinistic and racist of Lim to say such a thing.

"I would like to see his son apologising to Penangites for the sale of land in Bayan Mutiara, for not providing affordable homes on the island and the misery caused against Malay traders and poor people in Penang," he said.

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