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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

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Chinese groups unite against hudud proposal

The Star/ANN | Yuen Meikeng | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

MCA and the organisations unanimously resolved to reject implementing hubud law, as proposed by PAS via a Private Member's Bill to be tabled in Parliament, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

KUALA LUMPUR - Chinese guilds and associations are joining MCA in rejecting the proposal to implement hudud law in Kelantan.

MCA and the organisations unanimously resolved to reject such a move, as proposed by PAS via a Private Member's Bill to be tabled in Parliament, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The party respected the late Karpal Singh's spirit against the implementation of hudud and urged the DAP to "learn from him".

"The DAP should stop playing politics over this matter as it affects the public.

"The people are wise and can judge for themselves how this matter is handled," said Liow after holding a dialogue with 53 representatives from Chinese guilds and associations at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

On former president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek's criticism of the current party leadership in handling the hudud issue, Liow said the stand of the party was clear.

"We unanimously object the Bill as it will disrupt the harmony and unity of our multi-racial society," he said.

When further pressed to respond to Dr Chua accusing the current leadership of being "weak and helpless", Liow said: "He is my past leader. He can say anything he likes. That is history."

It was reported that PAS planned to table the Bill in the next Dewan Rakyat meeting in June to pave the way for the hudud law to be imposed in Kelantan.

MCA had urged the DAP to leave Pakatan Rakyat if it failed to stop PAS from pushing its hudud agenda.

On the Bukit Gelugor seat, which fell vacant after MP and DAP stalwart Karpal died in a car accident near Gua Tempurung along the North South Expressway on April 17, Liow said MCA would come up with a decision on whether to contest the seat or otherwise.

The party will discuss with Barisan Nasional component parties about the seat in its meetings. A consensus on the seat will be sought.

Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor had reportedly said the seat would be contested by MCA as the constituency consisted of 74 per cent Chinese voters.

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