Free Malaysia Today 1 July 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA should not behave like hypocrites by demanding DAP sever ties with PKR over the issue of Syariah law, when it was Barisan Nasional, a coalition they are a part of, that introduced the Islamic law to all states in the country, said the chief executive officer of IDEAS Wan Saiful Wan Jan in a statement today.

“The MCA is behaving like political hypocrites. Have they forgotten that the Syariah law in all states in Malaysia was initiated by Barisan Nasional and MCA is part of BN too?” he asked, adding that if the Chinese party was so opposed to the idea of Islamic law, they should leave the ruling coalition.

He said this in response to MCA’s religious harmony bureau deputy chairman Ng Chok Sin’s statement yesterday that DAP sever ties with PKR as Opposition leader Wan Azizah Ismail had inadvertently proved she supported hudud by filing a qazaf report (false accusation) on behalf of her incarcerated husband, Anwar Ibrahim against Umno lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

He pointed out that PAS had so far only been talking about hudud, but it was MCA that had made it possible for Syariah law to be implemented for decades.

“They seem happy to remain in the same government until today,” he commented about MCA.

Wan Saiful also said that he found it disturbing that MCA was harping on the hudud issue in such a manner, since Ng was supposed to be working on promoting religious harmony and that a more matured approach should have been adopted by him instead.

“Ng should have thought a bit more before saying things that could stoke religious tension for cheap political publicity,” he said.

He suggested that instead of making unhelpful statements, MCA should propose that a comprehensive study be initiated by the government on hudud and its implications on religious harmony, national unity, and even the economy.

“There are many government universities that can be tasked with this. The MCA should be more constructive in improving religious relations in the country.”

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