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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cut the crap, Wee slams 'utter rubbish' Perkasa boss

Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong has demanded that Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali put an end to the "rubbish" which spews out of his mouth.

The MCA Youth chief also accused the vocal independent Pasir Mas MP of manipulating his statement on the abolishment of overseas scholarships.

Yesterday, Ibrahim said Wee was challenging Malay rights by questioning whether the government would reduce the number of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) scholarships following plans to scrap Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships.

Apart from calling Wee “rude”, Ibrahim said the MCA leader was “unfit to be in the Cabinet due to his poor understanding of the Federal Constitution”.

'Seeking cheap spotlight'

However, Wee slammed Ibrahim for twisting his words and concocting a racial controversy to seek attention.

“What he said was utter rubbish!” he thundered during a press conference here.

“My statement was that the government should maintain the status quo by not abolishing any scholarships, whether Mara or PSD. I said that there are currently two avenues for deserving students to go overseas,which is Mara and PSD. I also pointed out that if Mara scholarships were abolished there would be strong objection from the Malay community.

“The PSD scholarships are the only way for bright non-Bumiputera students to go overseas. You cannot have a system that allows the progress of one group and not another. But I never questioned Malay rights or said that Mara scholarships should be reduced. My stand is that overseas scholarships should be continued but must be reflective of the government's affordability,” he said.

Wee also expressed regret that the Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS) followed Ibrahim's lead in calling him rude.

The deputy minister said he does not understand how his statement could escalate into an issue and blamed Ibrahim for shooting his mouth off without seeking clarification first.

“Ibrahim wants to be seen as a champion for Malay rights. He is just a politician seeking cheap spotlight. Unless he is illiterate and unable to read media reports, he has taken my statement on the PSD scholarships completely out of context,” he added.

courtesy of FreeMalaysiaToday

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