TTF: I’m not exactly a fan of Khairy Jamaluddin.
But when it comes to the MCA (see news item below), I stand by him in the spirit of solidarity and uniting the ummah.
Khairy said what he said in his capacity as UMNO member, concerned with the MCA’s commitment towards Barisan Nasional and the aversion it demonstrates whenever UMNO holds discussions with PAS.
The MCA fails to realise, that as long as UMNO has not officially declared PAS to be its working partner, it is none of the MCA’s business.
Furthermore, the MCA itself has demonstrated its willingness to stand alongside the DAP against UMNO whenever it concerns Islam or Syariah laws.
Despite the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) being a matter of concern for Muslims only, the MCA deliberately ignored tenets to the Federal Constitution of Malaysia when it referred to attempts by UMNO to amend it as “a violation of human rights” and “being against the spirit of the constitution.”
The Federal Constitution of Malaysia is clear on the duality of law and the right for non-Muslims to profess any religion they wish.
UMNO’s decision to support PAS on the amendment was to unite the ummah and was in no way a contradiction to the spirit of cooperation subscribed to by Barisan Nasional parties.
The MCA should have deliberated on the matter first with UMNO and refrained from going public with it.
But the fact that it did cost the party Malay support and may even have cost Barisan Nasional parliamentary seats.
The Malays have long viewed the MCA to be a DAP ally and have grown tired with its antics.
Since 2008, several MCA life members actively sabotaged Barisan National and were even in cahoots with the DAP to wrestle Penang from Barisan.
Yet, despite having garnered only one parliamentary seat during the 14th general election (GE14), the MCA had the cheek to suggest that UMNO be thrown out of Barisan.
I think its about time UMNO MPs wise up and stand alongside Khairy against the MCA.
I think Khairy was right to suggest that the MCA leave Barisan as the Chinese chauvinist concern doesn’t seem to be interested in functioning as a team player.
I personally think the MCA is no longer relevant to Malaysian politics no matter what it says or does.
I think the party should just call it a day and focus on doing business instead.
SHAH ALAM: Selangor MCA has criticised Khairy Jamaluddin for suggesting that the party should leave if it was no longer interested to remain in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
Selangor MCA secretary Datuk Ng Chok Sin said the former Umno Youth chief and Rembau parliamentarian has no right to air such views.
“I respect Khairy’s views but he is in no position to say whether or not MCA should leave BN.
“Maybe in three years, when and if he becomes BN chairman, he can say this to us. But, now, he is not the chairman of BN,” Ng told NSTP today.
Ng described Khairy’s opinion as uncalled for and does not think it represented the stance of BN and Umno.
Ng also rubbished Khairy’s statement that MCA appeared to have lost their touch in regaining Chinese support for BN since the 12th General Election Election in 2008.
“This is not true. MCA is undergoing a rebranding process to ensure that we remain relevant to the Chinese community and the people. We have our ways of reaching out to the people.
“This is MCA’s matter and we will decide the party’s direction and future after our (party) election in November,” said Ng.
Khairy last week mooted a suggestion for BN to cooperate with new component parties in regaining support from the Chinese community.
The Rembau MP said apart from MCA appearing to have lost their touch in garnering support from the Chinese community, it also showed an attitude of disinterest in continuing to be part of the coalition.
Another reason was MCA’s unrealistic requests for Umno, including the matter of cooperation with PAS.
Khairy was quoted as saying that, “If MCA is no longer interested in us, thank you, we will find others.”
Khairy’s comments came following a statement made by Kluang MCA division chief Gan Ping Sieu who said leaving BN should be an option for MCA as a mark of protest towards the cooperation between Umno and PAS since the Sungai Kandis by-election.
Source: NST Online