The statement by Isma’s president Abdullah Zaik Abdullah Rahman was uncalled for and can hurt the country. - Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
IPOH: MCA has commended former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for ticking off Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) for branding the Chinese as trespassers.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Dr Mahathir’s clear stand on the issue must be supported by all.
“Racial extremism should be condemned.
“The statement by Isma’s president Abdullah Zaik Abdullah Rahman was uncalled for and can hurt the country,” he told reporters after attending a closed-door meeting with Perak MCA members here yesterday.
On Friday, Dr Mahathir told Abdullah Zaik to keep his remarks to himself as it would not help the country. He stressed that the Chinese citizens in the country were Malaysians who also have their rights.
On MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon’s remark that Umno should not remain silent on PAS’ plan to implement hudud in Kelantan, Liow said it was the duty of Pakatan Rakyat to stop PAS from doing so.
“Umno has been very sensitive when it comes to racial matters. They have shown the spirit of Barisan Nasional to ensure the country is peaceful.
“It is however sad to see DAP trying to wash their hands, by pushing the responsibility to other parties.
“They are not showing any effort to stop PAS from tabling the Bill now,” he added.
He said the implementation of PAS’ hudud was not in sync with the Federal Constitution and was also against the interest of the country.
Liow said a committee to safeguard the Federal Constitution has been formed. The committee, headed by party deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong will be involved in activities to galvanise the people’s strength to support and safeguard the Constitution.
In Segamat, Liow said cracks had begun to show within the Pakatan Rakyat due to PAS’ stand on hudud.
“It seems each party in the Opposition will do as they please without taking into consideration the feelings of others.
“DAP has misled the Chinese community before and during the last general election where they stated that a vote for Pakatan will make Malaysia a welfare state but instead PAS wants to establish their own brand of hudud laws here,”