Hudud 'not suitable' for M'sia: Malaysian Chinese Association

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Labis (The Star/ANN) - Malaysians accept the twin affirmations that Islam is the country's official religion and that individuals are free to practise the religion of their choice, said Malaysian Chinese Association's (MCA) Young Professional Bureau chief Chua Tee Yong.

Therefore, Islamic hudud law is not suitable for Malaysia because of the country's multi-racial nature, he added.

Chua said more Chinese people had accepted the Pan-Islamic Malaysian Party (PAS) and felt that the Islamist party had "changed", thanks to publicity by the Democratic Action Party (DAP).

"DAP has created the impression that PAS has given up on the implementation of hudud law and the law has no effect on non-Muslims' lives.

"More Chinese are seen holding PAS flags in this elections. They will not believe it even when PAS openly makes statements in the media that they intend to implement hudud law if they come to power," he said at a press conference at the Labis MCA office yesterday.

Chua, the Labis MP, said PAS leaders had even raised the possibility of considering changing the weekend holidays of Saturday and Sunday to Friday and Saturday.

"It will definitely affect the lives of non-Muslims," he said.

In Petaling Jaya, MCA national organising secretary Tee Siew Kiong accused DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang of trying to whitewash Pakatan Rakyat's stand on the issue by claiming that a unanimous agreement was needed before PAS' hudud law could be implemented.

"This statement of his is proof that DAP is always flip-flopping, as previously DAP held firm to the position that they will not allow it.

"Now it is clear that DAP has softened its opposition to PAS' hardline agenda," he said in a statement yesterday.

Tee, who will be defending his Pulai Sebatang state seat, said MCA, on the other hand, had always been firm about opposing hudud law.

In Tanjong Karang. Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said that if PAS really wanted hudud law to be enforced, it should have included it in Pakatan's manifesto.

"It was not there. This shows disunity among them, especially between DAP and PAS," he told reporters yesterday.

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