KUALA LUMPUR: The opposition-led Kedah government's decision to enforce the Ramadan ban on entertainment outlets, including karaoke centres and discotheques put in place by the state Entertainment Enactment 1997, is against their own manifesto.
MCA vice-president Datuk Chor Chee Hueng said while the Kedah government was careful to say that Chinese eateries and fast food restaurants were to remain open, their ban on entertainment hubs was still harmful to local businessess.
"In the PAS manifesto, they clearly state their dedication to the promotion of the economic welfare of the people with the claim to 'increase and broaden the middle-income group across all races, so as to enhance the purchasing power of the people'.
"In the Pakatan Rakyat's own Orange Book, they have dedicated an entire section to 'increasing the rakyat's disposable income'. Yet bans on the operation of business clearly go against this section of both manifestos," he said in a statement issued here Thursday.
Chor, who is Housing and Local Government Minister, said it was distressing to see that the opposition was willing to sacrifice the economic gains of non-Muslim entertainment outlet owners in order to ensure that there was no immoral behaviour going on during Ramadan.
When Barisan Nasional controlled Kedah, the government did not force entertainment centres to shut down because they trusted the people of Kedah in making their own decisions, said Chor, who is also the Alor Setar MP.
"What is equally unsettling is that this is also being considered in Penang, which would be seriously detrimental to the livelihood of owners and infringe on the rights of Penangites.
"Before PAS goes about trying to morally police the Muslims of Malaysia, they should be sure to double check the consequences of their actions, especially when they contradict their manifestos.
"DAP has been uncharacteristically silent on this issue, especially in Kedah.
"The Chinese in Kedah are soon going to learn the painful truth that in order for DAP to try and amass power through the opposition pact, they are willing to sacrifice the rights of their supporters and have already started doing so," he said. - Bernama
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