PETALING JAYA: PAS and Parti Amanah Negara should be rejected by Chinese voters in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-elections on June 18 as both parties supported the implementation of the hudud law.
MCA central committee member Datuk Chew Kok Woh said PAS should be rejected for obvious reasons.
“The party’s very existence is to turn Malaysia into an Islamic state and impose hudud.
“The MCA will remind the Chinese voters there to demand the DAP explain why it asked the Chinese to support PAS in the 2013 general election,” he said in a statement recently.
Chew said there would be attempts by the DAP to get the Chinese community to back Amanah, the splinter group of PAS.
He said the DAP would portray Amanah leaders as being moderates but the Chinese should not be duped again.
Chew said Amanah communications director Khalid Samad was said to be among the first to declare his support for PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill, seeking to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016.
He said that DAP and PKR had refused to commit themselves citing that it was too early to make a stand.
Chew hoped the Chinese had learnt the lesson of the last elections and reiterated that PAS and Amanah must be rejected as they were of the same mould.
Last Thursday, Abdul Hadi caused a shock in Parliament when he tabled the Bill, seeking to enhance Syariah penalties in Kelantan.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai was the first to express his desire to resign as Transport Minister if the Bill tabled by PAS was passed in Parliament.
Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan and vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said they would follow Liow’s move.
Other component leaders, including Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong, and MIC president Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam also declared their vow to relinquish their Cabinet posts over the PAS proposal.
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