PETALING JAYA: MCA is questioning why DAP, which has constantly said that it champions human rights, has been unable to convince its fellow component parties in Pakatan Harapan to adopt a streamlined stand on the issue.
In a statement on Thursday (Dec 6), MCA vice president Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker (pic) said DAP and in particular party veteran Lim Kit Siang, had champion human rights issues – especially that of the Malaysian Chinese – for decades.
However, he claimed that this all appeared hypocritical now that the government had decided not to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd).
"When they are in power and have the authority to walk their talk over the ratification of Icerd, the Rocket completely crashed and failed to persuade its Pribumi, Amanah and PKR allies to streamline their stand in accordance to what DAP had claimed to shout for ages," he said.
He also added that "DAP's failure to convince the PH pact to make a stand has opened the doors for Malay hegemony ala the PAS-Umno participation."
Ti also questioned the presence of Pakatan leaders, including Prime Minister and coalition chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, at a pro-human rights rally organised by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) this Saturday (Dec 8).
"It would be natural to expect other Pakatan leaders, especially Cabinet Ministers, to be present," he said.
"The participation of Pakatan becomes contradictory, if not hypocritical, when they shy away from ensuring the elimination of racial discrimination in Malaysia," said Ti.
He also said that: "Despite the protection offered by Article 153 of the Federal Constitution for the Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak, there really is no reason for Malaysia to balk at ratifying Icerd."
Ti asked if the participation in the human rights rally was merely appease members of the public who are disappointed by the government's decisions.
He also noted that the anti-Icerd rally, where 500,000 Umno and PAS members are expected to attend, was also taking place nearby on the same day.
"Are we recognising or encouraging race and religious-based movements or adding fervour to race and religious venom?" he asked.
He added that security personnel that would be deployed for the two rallies could have been better utilised for crime prevention.