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MCA opposes PAS-Umno unity talks

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PAS flags in Kuala Terengganu (file pic)

PETALING JAYA, 10 June 2009: MCA central committee member Lee Wei Kiat today slammed the PAS-Umno unity government proposal, saying it would “result in the Islamisation of the country”.

He said at the same time, it would create a scenario where only Malay Malaysians would be in government while non-Malay Malaysians would be in the opposition.

“There is a hidden agenda behind the call by PAS to form a unity government with Umno, that is to strengthen their party’s position in Malaysia and then to implement their ulterior goal of setting up an Islamic state in the country,” he said in a statement today.

“As MCA has been consistent in our party’s position of opposing any proposal by PAS to set up an Islamic state in this country, the party cannot and will not accept such a proposal,” he continued.  

Lee, MCA’s information and communication bureau chairperson, also criticised the resolutions tabled at the recently-concluded PAS muktamar.

He singled out the resolutions calling for the 30% bumiputera quota to be maintained and the banning of Sisters in Islam (SIS).

“PAS has shown that the so-called democracy, equality, justice and the slogan ‘PAS for All‘ as advocated by them is mere rhetoric,” he said.

“The resolutions as endorsed by PAS have shown that PAS’s ulterior objective is to set up a theocratic Islamic state.”

Lee also challenged DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to clarify their stand on PAS’s proposal for a unity government with Umno.

“If PAS fails to respond, then perhaps it is timely for DAP and PKR to withdraw their association with PAS,” he said.

See also:
Explain unity govt proposal, DAP tells PAS (Updated 7.20pm)

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9 Responses to “MCA opposes PAS-Umno unity talks”

  1. chjnaman says:

    Hello, MCA is not relevant anymore. None of your business to tell DAP and PKR what to do. If you are interested then apply to join either DAP or PKR.

  2. MCA still hasn’t come to its ultimatum towards Umno, as I mentioned in Chew Mei Fun’s “Talibanisation” accusation news post.

    Is MCA willing to withdraw from BN should Umno form a unity government with PAS?

    It’s a simple question with a direct answer. Something that most politicians will try and spin and avoid.

    Well, MCA, yes, or no?

  3. KW Mak says:

    DAP and PKR have already issued their stand on the matter with statements made by Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Lim Kit Siang.

    MCA’s a little late in their opposition to the whole idea (it was announced June 5 but MCA’s rebuttal only came out today, June 10), with a statement that comes from the party’s second tier leadership rather than from the top.

    Shouldn’t the MCA president be making this statement instead?

  4. arah says:

    MCA doesn’t agree with PAS resolutions calling for the 30% bumiputera quota to be maintained. It is very unfair since bumiputera in Msia are 60% so the quota should be increased to 60%.

  5. Fikri Hakim says:

    I have a very strong view that PAS and Umno should merge. Then they will become a very strong group and will reduce the politicking in this country. Then Umno and PAS will continue their role as the dominant group in the group, which will give a lot of political stability in this country. As Islam is the official religion of the country, they will then inject a lot of Islamic values to this country.

  6. YS says:

    I thought MCA always say they will fight from inside BN … why don’t they tell it to Umno to ignore PAS’s calling?

  7. Hang Tuah 1 says:

    Lee also challenged DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to clarify their stand on PAS’s proposal for a unity government with Umno.

    “If PAS fails to respond, then perhaps it is timely for DAP and PKR to withdraw their association with PAS,” he said.

    Thank you MCA for making your stand.

    You should make the stand openly in all the newspapers including The Star.

    I think you are right for asking DAP and PKR to state their stand on PAS’s unity talkis to form unity government – PAS and Umno as one.

    Now the people ask the same question to MCA.

    Please ask Umno for their stand on unity talks with PAS and their intention to form unity government.

    If Umno fails to respond, MCA should withdraw from Barisan National.

    MIC and Gerakan should leave BN.

    SUPP, LDP, PBS and all Dayak parties should leave BN.

  8. CORAL Ong says:

    In the first place, religion must never be in politics in Malaysia which claims to be a multi-racial country. It’s better for Malaysia if together we stand as one. Malay, Indian, Chinese and minority [Malaysians] to fight for the right of all. So, wake up, opposition party, to what is happening here….do the right thing.

  9. dellhajj says:

    PAS for All! But at the same time, PAS needs to ensure Umno does not take advantage in this matter. PAS is more dominant now among Malay [Malaysians]. Umno needs to reform or we all send them/BN to the museum.


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