Perkasa slams proposal for universal circumcision

Posted on 29 June 2012

A proposal for universal circumcision for Malaysians has been slammed by Perkasa for being racist.

“Having the exclusivity of circumcision has been a right for only Malays since the founding of Malaysia,” said Perkasa spokesperson Ibrahim Bali at a press conference yesterday evening.

Bali, who is also the MP of the Pasir Mas constituency, argued that as the constitution of Malaysia safeguards the special position of Malays in the country, this extended to the community having the exclusive privilege of being circumcised.

“Malay rights are being eroded by other groups in the country and any infringement of these rights, is a form of discrimination,” he said as he threatened to lead a “large group” of demonstrators in a sarong parade outside the Health Ministry.

First leaked to the press on the sidelines of a parliamentary meeting on June 19, the proposal, also known Potong Sejagat (PS), was part of the 1Malaysia campaign that began in 2010, designed by current Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. 1Malaysia aims to promote national unity and ethnic tolerance in Malaysia, a country that has seen a mushrooming of racial divisiveness in recent years.

“PS would unite all men at the grassroots level more effectively than national service, which is not mandatory,”said a spokesperson for the ruling party UMNO.

“Look at Singapore. All the men suffer together during national service when they’re 19. If all men kenna potong in Malaysia, this would create common experiences and foster unity,” said another spokesperson from the MCA, the Chinese member of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.

But the opposition coalition argues that PS is not beneficial to all parties in the country and some, will get the short end of the stick.

“This is a political ploy by the BN to divide the nation prior to the elections,” said Pakatan Rakyat lawmaker L J Samy.

“Why should Chinese men be subject to circumcision if they want to keep their pointy ends sharp? This policy is blatantly unjust! Everyone should have a right to decide what to do with their penises. If this was aimed at capturing the Malay vote by making sure everyone, not only the Malays, lose their foreskins, it sure is working,” he said.

Islamic party PAS opposed PS on grounds that the policy was unIslamic. The party argued that women should be included in all 1Malaysia policies as they make up half the country.

New Nation understands that processes are already in place to ensure that the public healthcare system can handle the sudden influx of circumcision patients. Part of the operation will be outsourced to a clinic chain owned by local vendor, Dato’ Sri Siew Ji Ji, who is an active grassroots member in MCA.

Safety is also of primary concern: the Home Affairs ministry is in the midst of drafting a policy to combat attacks on the clinics by the opposition, which are made of hired thugs. A source close to the policy committee said that all newly circumcised men would have to wear a specially designed crotch guard to prevent bacterial infections.

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  • Chow Chee Hello

    Glad to report that this forced circumcision plan failed due to unforeskined circumstances.