Sunday, September 12, 2010

Great Uncertainty

Rabble-rouser Ibrahim Ali yesterday issued a thinly veiled threat to UMNO, saying he might give “guidance” to Perkasa’s 300,000 members – 80 percent of whom are said to be UMNO members – on how to vote in the next election. He claimed that membership numbers meant nothing as only a select hardcore would vote for the party every time and insisted the rest could be “overrid[den]” by issues and persuaded to vote for other parties, and hinted that the perceived erosion of Malay rights was one such issue.
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And today, Mahathir Mohamad warned that UMNO could see a further erosion of support if it snubs Perkasa.

Are UMNO statements about distancing itself from Perkasa for real or is it just a sandiwara? It would be very interesting to see both UMNO’s and Perkasa’s next moves.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) declared that the global economic recovery is slowing faster than forecast, adding that the economic outlook was characterized by "great uncertainty" (BBC News, September 09, 2010). I told you that we are not out of the woods yet!

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