PETALING JAYA: Unlike DAP, at least MCA remains consistent and steadfast in its principles for moderation in a multicultural society, says party religious harmony bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker (pic).
He was responding to PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, who said on Tuesday (Sept 25) that MCA must wake up from its “slumber” and face the reality of failing to match DAP.
“Tuan Ibrahim may be correct when he stated that MCA cannot match DAP.
"Unlike DAP, we will not organise political tours to Kelantan to say that there is nothing untoward in a theocratic state in our multiracial nation.
“Yes, we cannot match DAP in being consistently inconsistent in their criticisms and promises for the last three general elections,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 25).
Ti accused DAP’s Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching of failing to raise or resolve any Chinese education issues that were highlighted before Pakatan took over the Federal Government, following the May 9 polls.
Drawing a comparison to Barisan Nasional, Ti said that MCA had completed its studies on the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) by independent Chinese schools when it tabled its election manifesto prior to GE14.
“If elected, we would not delay our GE14 promise of recognising the UEC, unlike Teoh, who when in the Opposition had blasted MCA and promised to deliver immediately upon forming the government.
“Now that she is holding a crucial post and is in a position to deliver, she and her party have become ineffective against Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and her boss (Education Minister) Dr Maszlee Malik on these issues by giving lame excuses and procrastinating.”
Ti subsequently launched another fresh salvo, accusing DAP leaders of being hypocritical in its political relationship with PAS.
“Unlike PAS, MCA cannot match DAP by hugging PAS leaders and signing documents agreeing with PAS on their theocratic state but at the same time, convince voters that PAS has abandoned their Islamic State intentions in favour of a welfare state.
“MCA cannot and will never match DAP, as MCA has never sung songs like ‘The Moon Represents My Heart’, much less defended PAS’ ambition to implement hudud enactments in Malaysia by saying that it will not affect non-Muslims.”
Drawing yet another comparison with DAP, Ti said that MCA will never forsake its principles in forming alliances with enemies, as he brought up the temporary political cooperation between DAP and PAS during the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat, which fell apart in 2015.
“After being ditched by PAS, DAP did the unthinkable of entering a political pact with their arch nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, when it realised that its continued partnership with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, whom DAP had opposed over Chinese education issues, was not drawing in the results it expected.”
At the same time, Ti also said that MCA could not match DAP on the use of vulgarities, profanities and state theatrics by its elected representatives and leaders in public.
“MCA will remain steadfast on our principles and admit our inability to match DAP’s inconsistencies in political expediency.
“MCA will continue to pursue our beliefs despite being reduced to one Parliamentary seat similar to PKR in 2004.
"Even if we are left with no seats, MCA will continue to be relevant in our principles and pursuit of moderation and practice of recognising the special needs or demands of minorities in our plural society.”
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