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Ti Lian Ker

Wooing Chinese? Amanah has better chance, MCA tells Pas

MCA today said Amanah and Barisan Nasional (BN) have a better chance to gain the support from the Chinese electorate in Sungai Besar, as the community no longer trust Pas with its recent push for hudud.

The party’s head of religious harmony, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said as such, Pas should give up any hopes of trying to woo the Chinese.

“Pas is wasting their time in trying to woo the Chinese voters in Sungai Besar with their attempts at Chinese-language pamphlets to address accusations levelled at it,” said Ti.

“In fact, the Barisan Nasional and Parti Amanah Negara stood a better chance of attracting the Chinese community to their fold.”

Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang recently tabled a private member’s bill in Parliament seeking amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, which could pave the way for hudud punishments to be meted out by shariah courts in Kelantan.

Meanwhile, the Chinese party also took to task a statement by Pas deputy president citing open burning rituals by Taoists, in justifying Pas’s right to seek stiffer shariah penalties.

Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had said that just as it was wrong to stop the Chinese from burning hell money or cremating their dead on the pretext of environmental pollution, it was also wrong for non-Muslims to question Hadi’s bill.

Responding to this, Ti’s deputy Datuk Ng Chok Sin said PAS was confused between personal religious practices and the intrusion of religion in the public sphere.

“Tuan Ibrahim must be lambasted for insulting the Taoist practice of burning hell-notes and non-Muslim shift towards cremation as harming the environment. His statement reflects his and PAS’ insensitivity, and downgrades his standing as a leader to resort to mocking others,” said Ng.