KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali today asked Khairy Jamaluddin to resign as Rembau MP for compromising Malay interests in defending the MCA Youth chief.
The independent Pasir Mas MP claimed that the Umno Youth chief had failed to understand Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong’s remarks on Mara scholarships.
“That is why Perkasa is upset. How can Mara be equated with JPA. Mara is only for Malays. JPA is for all. If both are the same what would happen to Malay special rights,” said Ibrahim.
“If Khairy could not understand Ka Siong’s hint he should quit,” he said.
Last week, Wee reportedly asked if the Mara scholarship programme for Bumiputera students would be scrapped together with the Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships.
“If the government is only doing away with the PSD scholarships but retain the Mara scholarships, this will not be in line with the 1 Malaysia concept that the government is promoting,” he was quoted as saying.
Wee made the statement in response to the government’s decision to scrap the 1,500 PSD scholarships.
The deputy education minister had yesterday dismissed accusations that he was questioning the special position of the Malays and managed to get Khairy to defend him.
Ibrahim said this was the first time an Umno Youth chief had set aside the interests of the Malays.
“I have evidence to prove what Wee had said. Umno Youth for the first time had compromised the interest of the Malays,” said Ibrahim.
Yesterday Khairy had slammed Ibrahim for calling Wee “biadap” and for accusing the deputy education minister of questioning the social contract.
Khairy added that he had listened to the recording of Wee’s statement and found that the latter had not questioned the social contract.