It was shocking enough that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak himself had on April come out to defend his deputy's declaration that he considered himself " a Malay first".
In an interview aired on satellite news channel Al Jazeera last night, Najib shocked Malaysians by saying that Malay rights group Perkasa is “not so extreme' that it cannot be accommodated by the Umno-led government.
The sheer act of Perkasa president raising the keris at its recent meeting is enough for Malaysians to label Perkasa as extreme, yet the Prime Minster did not seem to see it.
It is either Najib was being cautious not to offend Perkasa or he was just ignorant of what Malaysians really think of Perkasa.
In the latest opinion survey conducted by Merdeka Centre, it was reveled that while some 31% of Malaysians placed their trust in Najib, only 22% of Malaysians trusted in Umno.
The survey showed that Najib had earned the trust of 51% of Indians and 46% of Chinese, compared to the 13% and 6% respectively earned by Umno.
I therefore suggest Umno to commission Merdeka Centre to conduct a public opinion poll on the approval ratings of Perkasa among all Malaysians.
There will be no doubt that Perkasa will fare worse than Umno.
And If Najib really thinks Perkasa can be accepted by Malaysians , I also suggest that Umno should get Perkasa to campaign for the BN candidate on its platform in the upcoming Hulu Selangor by election.
Pakatan Rakyat is more than happy to fight the partnership of Perkasa and the BN in the by election.