KUALA LUMPUR: DAP must stand its ground by quitting the Selangor government or get PAS out, said Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.
“Liow has proven that he did not cave in to political pressure. If DAP is a party of dignity, it must emulate the late Karpal Singh’s consistency or listen to Lim Kit Siang, who had asked MCA and other Barisan leaders to quit the Barisan government should we fail to stop Umno.
“So why is DAP not quitting the Pakatan government in Selangor? Why is DAP continuing its close proximity with PAS in Selangor?” he said in a statement yesterday.
Ti said MCA has proven that it dared to take on political challenges in its bid to stop the Government from adopting the proposed amendments to the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or RUU355.
Under the leadership of Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the party consistently argued legally and rationally on the implications of the proposed amendments.
Ti added that MCA never ran away from its responsibility of convincing Barisan component parties, including Umno, to reject RUU355 as it erred in law, constitutional safeguards and politics.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had tabled in Parliament a Private Member’s Bill on a motion to seek amendments to enhance the syariah punishments to a maximum of 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 lashes.
Recently, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Putrajaya was committed to tabling RUU355.
But Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Wednesday night announced the decision to drop the plan when Barisan failed to reach a consensus at the coalition’s supreme council meeting.