KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 — Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs today promised court action against Malay activist group Perkasa for its allegedly “false” statements against its president Tunku Zain Al’-Abidin Tuanku Muhriz on the Federal Constitution.
In its letter of demand, the think tank told Perkasa’s information chief Hassan Basri Muhammad to apologise and retract his statement, and Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia for publishing the news.
“Perkasa made a false statement and Utusan Malaysia did not check the accuracy of the statement with us. Their accusation is serious, wrong and damaging to the good reputation of our president…in fact Tunku Zain Al’-Abidin did not say what they accused,” the think tanks’ chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan said in a statement.
“Perkasa, Perkasa information chief and Utusan must immediately retract their statement and coverage. And we require them to apologise for this mistake.”
In his speech at a conference last weekend, the newspaper reported the Negri Sembilan prince as saying the Federal Constitution has been changed to accommodate to the interests of certain individuals in the country.
Perkasa released a statement on Monday accusing Tunku Zain for “offending” the Malays and “denying” their interest through his speech.
In his statement, Perkasa’s Hassan said the prince needed to be “schooled” again on the Federal Constitution, adding that the latter’s words echoed those from “DAP and chauvinist Chinese”.
Tunku Zain has denied making the remarks in question, alleging that they were fabricated and falsely attributed to him.