Malaysia Dateline

Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker

MCA praises PAS as sincere, consistent

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang praised MCA and Gerakan for being more understanding of plans to introduce hudud punishments.

And today, the feeling is proven mutual.

An MCA leader praised PAS for being consistent and sincere while lambasting DAP as a “party of political rhetoric and lies”.

“At least PAS has been consistent and had been sincere in admitting that their co-operation with DAP is only temporary under the concept of ‘tahaluf sirasi’ (sic).

“PAS had the decency to admit that their temporal cooperation with DAP was purely and merely to exchange votes between PAS and DAP in the previous GE13,” said the chairman of MCA’s Religious Harmony Bureau, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.

This followed strong exchanges between DAP and BN’s non-Muslim component parties over the private member’s bill tabled by Hadi to strengthen the power of the Shariah courts to impose stiffer sentences, a move seen as paving the way for hudud in Kelantan.

DAP’s Lim Kit Siang has urged MCA and Gerakan leaders to stop issuing threat of resignation following the bill getting Umno’s support, and instead said both leaders should now press for a BN Supreme Council meeting to undo the support.

MCA, meanwhile, said it was due to DAP’s support for its former ally that had culminated in the bill’s tabling last week, and urged DAP excos in Selangor to resign to show they would not have any links with PAS.

“Once again, we repeat that the 3 DAP Exco Members in Selangor must resign from working with the four PAS Exco Members in Selangor. DAP must show that they are serious in pressuring PAS to withdraw their Private Member’s Bill to amend Act 155 towards enforcing Hudud enactments,” said Ti.

Ti defended his party’s stand, saying Lim was now worried that both MCA and Gerakan came out strongly against the hudud bill.

“LKS (Lim Kit Siang) is now worried that MCA and Gerakan and other component parties are working together and making a definite stand on the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355.)

“This is in comparison to DAP which has proven to be crazy for power and self-serving. They are prepared to trade away our liberties and LGE had even signed an understanding allowing PAS to implement Hudud enactments in Kelantan,” he said, referring to Lim Guan Eng, the Penang chief minister and DAP secretary-general.