KUALA LUMPUR - The Democratic Action Party (DAP) had underestimated the strength of Umno in rising up to defend the rights and dignity of the Malays, said Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee.
The Cheras Umno division chief said this strength was proven at the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu rally held in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
"DAP needs to remember that Umno and the Malays will not be silent forever," he wrote on his blog, Thursday.
He said this was because DAP, including the anti-government groups, were proud of the illegal Bersih rally.
"That is why the Bersih 4 rally had to gather the non-Malays particularly the Chinese to show that they were united against Umno.
"But their calculation is wrong because Umno clearly is still relevant and has a place in the hearts of the Malays," he said.
Syed Ali, however, stressed that Umno was not racist. Instead, he blamed DAP for creating that perception.
"Yes, Umno defends the Malays and hundreds and thousands of Umno members will rise if we are pushed too far, but we are not racists.
"It is not true when they said Umno is racist. Umno is not like DAP. That accusation is being manipulated after they realised that the Malays still have dignity and self worth," he said.
He added that if the dignity of the Malays and the sanctity of Islam were ridiculed, Umno would be the first to rise to its defence.
"The rally yesterday had made them to come to their senses that the Malays cannot be pushed to the wall and will remain united when the situation gets worse," said Syed Ali.
He said the rally also proved that the Malays were united, regardless of their political ideologies.
"Umno always upholds the principle of solidarity in Barisan Nasional and respects the rights and freedom of the non-Malays.
"Although Umno fights for the rights and interests of the Malays, we never oppress the non-Malays," he added.