6 February 2019
DAP never worked with ‘this’ PAS, Kit Siang tells MCA
MCA president Wee Ka Siong’s comparison of BN’s recent camaraderie with PAS to DAP once working with the Islamist party has made Lim Kit Siang see red.
As the DAP adviser pointed out, the PAS of today is not the same as the party in the now-defunct opposition coalitions Barisan Alternatif and Pakatan Rakyat.
“Wee is a poor student of history, as DAP had never worked with a PAS leadership which advocated such a toxic and vicious brand of politics, aimed at sowing suspicion, distrust and hatred among races and religions – which is not building a nation, but destroying the very social fabric of Malaysia.
“This was not the PAS which DAP worked with when we formed Barisan Alternatif in 1999 until 2001, and Pakatan Rakyat from 2008 to 2015.
“DAP will work with a political Islam that recognises Malaysia as a plural society, and believes that Malaysia’s greatness comes from the leveraging of the assets and best qualities from the diverse races, religions, languages and civilisations which meet in confluence in Malaysia,” he said in a statement today.
Yesterday, Wee defended the cooperation between BN and PAS in recent by-elections, saying it was common for opposition parties to work together.
‘Wee will never understand’
PAS and DAP were both members of Pakatan before the bloc fell apart in 2015 amid differences over the hudud issue.
PAS splinter party Amanah later joined Pakatan Harapan.
In his statement, Lim further pointed out that Wee would have lost his deposit in his constituency of Ayer Hitam if voters there had adhered to PAS’ advice for Muslims to vote for Muslim leaders.
He was referring to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang warning last month that Muslims would “end up in hell” if they were not led by leaders from the faith.
“In the Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency in the 14th general election, Wee won 17,076 votes… The third candidate from PAS, Mardi Marwan, won 4,975 votes.
“If Muslims only voted for Muslim candidates, as is now Hadi’s stand, claiming that a corrupt and decadent Muslim leader is any time better than a clean and honest non- Wee’s statement on BN-PAS cooperation in last month’s Cameron Highlands and the coming Semenyih polls highlighted his “hypocrisy,” and failure to understand that “sustainable politics must be based on principles, not on sheer opportunism.”
Nothing wrong in Umno-PAS by-election pact, says MCA
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) today said there is nothing wrong with Umno and PAS cooperating to defeat a common rival in the upcoming Semenyih by-election.
MCA president Wee Ka Siong said there was a difference between solidarity within the opposition and a merger involving the parties.
“For instance, if a party wants to fight corruption, I can’t say we have a different ideology. This is a common value that all of us must uphold.
“Even in the past, the opposition used to accept collaboration and cooperation. I don’t see the difference when in the past, DAP and PAS worked very well together,” he said at the MCA’s Chinese New Year open house at Wisma MCA.
Now, he said, Umno and PAS were keen to work with one another without merging into a single party.
“If I want to go for one constituency, the other party says it will not contest the election there to avoid a three-cornered fight,” he said.
Citing examples from 2008 and 2013, Wee said PAS did not contest in DAP areas. “The two parties decided to have a single candidate. What’s wrong with that?” he asked.
In October, MCA had said it would not hesitate to cut ties with Umno if the latter proceeded to partner with PAS without prior discussions with Barisan Nasional component parties.