SUNGAI PETANI: The people should not take the country’s racial and religious harmony for granted as it can be changed overnight.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said Malaysians of all races enjoy various types of freedom such as the religious and education freedom, apart from the nation’s peace, stability and economic growth.
He, however, cautioned that this harmonious structure should not be regarded as “automatic”.
He said that after the March 2008 General Election, it became obvious that racial and religious relations were under stress due to intense politicking.
“This is further aggravated in PAS-led states such as Kelantan and Kedah where there no alcohol, no gambling, no cinema, no live concert are allowed while males and females need to be separated.
“The only pig abattoir in Kedah is also gone,” he said before opening Sungai Petani MCA division’s Merdekaraya dinner gathering at Dewan Beng Siew here last night.
Dr Chua said despite all this, the PAS ally in Pakatan Rakyat - DAP, would always assure the non-Muslims that PAS would not implement hudud and that it would not impose its values.
“But, this is happening right before us. Even if DAP objects to hudud, it is only (DAP national chairman) Karpal Singh who opposes hudud. The rest are quiet about it,” he said.
Dr Chua said it was a big lie by the DAP that it would not allow hudud to be implemented and that this Islamic Criminal Enactment would not affect the non-Muslims.
“Hudud will affect the whole nation and everybody. It is for this very simple reason that when you have hudud, it is regarded as infringing human rights, to some people,” he said.
Dr Chua noted that hudud can also reduce foreign direct investments and affect tourism as it causes a lack of confidence among local investors.
It will affect the economy as a whole, he added.
He said if PAS were to amend the Federal Constitution to suit its religious teachings, then all Muslim Members of Parliament would have to support it.
He said the situation would be similar to when PAS amended the State Constitution in Terengganu, all Umno assemblymen there had to support it.
“So, there is no such thing that hudud cannot be implemented because in reality, it can be implemented. MCA’s stand on hudud is clear. This is a multi-racial country and religions should not be politicised,” he said.
Dr Chua said hudud stood to cause divisiveness between Muslims and non-Muslims, adding that it might cause friction and turn racial.