KUALA LUMPUR – Jan 25, 2017: MCA has countered the allegation by England-based blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin by insisting that it is not the DAP’s trojan horse.
Instead it’s vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said its objection to the amendments to the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act355) should not be equated with that of the DAP.
Her contention is that the MCA is doing so only to uphold and protect the federal Constitution and interests of the country’s plural society.
The proposal, tabled by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in May last year, seeks to enhance the power of the syariah courts.
Raja Petra had in his latest blog post accused the MCA of being actually an ally of the DAP for objecting against the amendments.
The blogger was responding to a warning by MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai that Umno may risk splitting the Barisan Nasional (BN) if it willfully supports the amendments.
The blogger wrote: “MCA threatens that if the act is passed, this may break up BN. Good! Then let BN be an Umno-Malay-led coalition while Pakatan Harapan can become a DAP-MCA-Chinese led coalition. Then at least the political divide would be much clearer and there will no longer be any confusion as to whether MCA is with the government or is the DAP’s Trojan Horse.”
In the telephone interview with The Mole, Chew defended Liow, stressing that the party is only voicing out its concern over the effects of the amendments on all Malaysians.
She said the MCA has the right to voice its judgments in line with BN’s will to uphold democracy and operate by consensus.
“We believe all BN component parties, including Umno, will not stop or prohibit any of its component members from raising and voicing out sincere opinions.
“I don’t think our president’s statement can be equated to that of the DAP’s, who are just trying to play along with the issue to gain political mileage,” she said.
MCA religious harmony bureau chairperson Datuk Ti Lian Ker had also responded to the criticisms directed at the party on the same issue.
In a press statement today, Ti reiterated that the party respects Islam as the religion of the federation but was only against the amendments that he described as ultra vires the Constitution.