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Rocket party powerless to stop coalition partner's hudud agenda

The Star/ANN | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR - DAP is depending on MCA to clean up the mess it created by calling upon the non-Muslim voters to trust PAS in the 13th general election, says MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

"A year later, we see PAS betraying DAP by calling for the implementation of hudud.

"And fearing the loss of their political gains, DAP chose to divert attention by blaming MCA for not stopping Umno," he said.

"DAP is still depending on us to resolve their problem but it was not MCA that convinced the voters to support PAS in the first place."

He said although PAS had announced that it would postpone the tabling of a private members' Bill in Parliament next month, it had no intention of dropping its hudud agenda and DAP was powerless to stop this.

Dr Wee also said that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition was only concerned about grabbing power, and as long as they could win, they would allow PAS to implement its religious policies with impunity.

Meanwhile, MCA will hold more forums on hudud to create greater ground awareness of the seriousness of having a dual criminal law system in the country.

Federal Territory MCA chairman Datuk Yew Teong Look said the national forum would not be a political event but a platform for discussing and exchanging views on issues related to Syariah law.

For a start, a public forum titled "Hudud - A Nation at a Crossroads" will be held at Wisma MCA here at 2pm on May 17.

The speakers are Bersih leader Datuk S. Ambiga, former Malaysian Bar president Lim Chee Wee, lawyer Art Harun, Council of Churches of Malaysia general-secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri, former Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia president Datuk Ang Choo Hong, MCA Syariah Law and Policy Imple­mentation special task force chairman Gan Ping Sieu and academician Dr Oh Ei Sun, who is also former political secretary to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Datuk Ti Lian Ker, the MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman, said the Bill postponement by PAS was its tactic to "gain votes at the two by-elections".

DAP is contesting the by-elections for the parliamentary seats of Bukit Gelugor on May 25 and Teluk Intan on May 31.

MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau chairman Jason Teoh urged all Malaysian Chinese and the non-Muslim community to continue to stand firm against the planned implementation of PAS' hudud.

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