KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Hadi Awang's statement is irresponsible, dangerous and is hurtful towards Christians, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic).
"I strongly condemn PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang's extremist statement hurting the Christians, which was also dangerous and irresponsible," said the MCA president.
Liow was referring to the Hadi's claims statement published in PAS news organ Harakahdaily, accusing Christian missionaries of spreading their religion using financial incentives instead of rational and informed arguments.
Hadi's statement, he said was "lopsided and provocative, and only creates distrust and conflict detrimental to religious harmony," he said after chairing the 14th Central Committee meeting held at Wisma MCA Tuesday.
Liow said MCA recognises the Churches' "outstanding contribution" to Malaysian education, adding that the party would strongly uphold and protect Christians' right to preach and practice in the country.
"Catholic, Monastery, Methodist and other schools established by them have been taking in students of all races without discrimination.
"We insist on the importance of mutual respect, understanding and tolerance among the religions," he said.