Ketua Pemuda Umno yang juga Ahli Parlimen Rembau menyatakan yang beliau akan meninggalkan Umno jika ramai ahli Umno yang menyokong Perkasa menurut laporan akhbar The New Straits Times di bawah ini. Adakah ini merupakan satu ugutan kepada ahli Umno khususnya Pemuda Umno agar jangan menyokong Perkasa ? Adakah isyarat yang hendak dihantarnya ? atau sekadar nak buktikan Umno tak ada hubungan dengan Perkasa ?
Khairy: Support Perkasa and I leave
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday said he will walk away from Umno if the majority of party members supported Perkasa.
Refuting the claim by Pas Shah Alam member of parliament Khalid Samad that Umno was "hand in glove" as far as Perkasa activities were concerned, Khairy said not everyone in the party supported the Malay rights group.
"If there is a situation that they (Umno) would pick Perkasa over me, I will walk away," he said during a forum on the 10th Malaysia Plan Overview -- "Bridging the political Divide" at a hotel here.
Also participating in the forum organised by the Leaders magazine was Khalid. It was the second time that the MPs participated in a similar forum.
Khairy has spoken up against issues championed by Perkasa led by Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali on a number of occasions.
Khalid, who spoke earlier, had claimed that the government transformation programme would be hindered if extreme groups such as Perkasa was being supported by Umno.
Khairy, who is also Rembau member of parliament, criticised the group, adding that it only served to wedge a divide in the country.
Other topics discussed at the forum include the 10th Malaysia Plan and the National Key Economic Areas.