In the PPP ‘The New Voice of Malaysian NGOs’, it was stated that the Sultan of Selangor had agreed to officiate at the inaugural ceremony of PERKASA in March 2010. The article on the front page of the Sun on Friday, 19th March 2010, brings us up to date on the situation.
‘The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has withdrawn his earlier consent to open the inaugural general meeting of Pertubuhan Peribumi Perkasa Negara (Perkasa) on March 27 to avoid controversy and manipulation by irresponsible parties.
The sultan’s private secretary, Datuk Lela Bakti Mohammad Munir Bani, said the sultan had on Feb 1 consented to attend the AGM of the right-wing NGO headed by Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali, but after due consideration and discussion with members of the Selangor Royal Council, a letter dated March 12 was sent to Ibrahim stating that the sultan would not be attending, and giving the reasons for the decision.
“Tuanku’s decision was made because even though Perkasa is an NGO, it is headed by a politician who is also an independent member of Parliament; thus his presence may be misconstrued by certain parties as a show of support for Ibrahim,” Mohamad Munir told a press conference at Istana Bukit Kayangan yesterday.”
Mohamad Munir also said the sultan hopes that Perkasa’s first AGM will go on as planned and Perkasa will become a bumiputra NGO with integrity based on its stated agenda.
“Perkasa should be tolerant and respect other races in Malaysia, live in harmony and work together to develop the country,” Mohamad Munir said.’
May the Lord give us the courage to change our mind and actions when He shows us that we have made an unwise decision. It is always better to ‘lose face’ rather than to continue walking on the wrong road.