The much anticipated speech by former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Perkasa's function yesterday did not materialize.
Tun was not well enough to attend the National Unity Convention at Pusat Islam, KL.
(Note: Let's pray for Allah to grant Tun good health and long life. We need his wisdom more than ever now)
His speech was instead read by his former political secretary TS Aziz Shamsuddin.
This is a short report on his speech,
It was instead an advice on how to manage the racial complexity of the country.
I want to believe that it was meant for Najib.
Despite the disappointment over Dr Mahathir's absence, Perkasa, along with over 300 Malay NGOs represented at the convention finalized their memorandum to be submitted to Yang DiPertuan Agung, the Conference of Rulers and PM DS Najib Razak.
The memorandum basically calls for the defense of the country's pribumi's (sons of soil) rights, sanctity of Islam, and the royal Malay institution.
These are basically the core struggles of Umno.
The way I see it, it's a message to Umno - if you can't deliver what you say are your core struggles, then we are ready to take over from you.
Umno, which will have their general assembly two days from now should not just brush off the memorandum by Perkasa and the Malay NGOs.
They should study that memorandum and activate an action plan on how Umno could satisfy those demands by it.
Umno needs such wake up calls now.
Yes, Perkasa and its gang are rather funny people sometimes, with that Ibrahim Ali at its helm and all, but their arguments on those issues raised in the memorandum were no laughing matter.
They represent mostly Malays who want to support Umno but were unhappy with the party leadership and the direction of the party.
These members of Perkasa and other Malay NGOs may not be as refined or politically as polished as the usual members of Umno, Pas, PKR or other parties, but they appear as determined or even more so in their quest for their goals.
At least, that's the way I understand them after observing the way they carry themselves at Pusat Islam yesterday.