Monday February 4, 2013
‘DAP lacks clout to bring change’
By FOONG PEK YEE
BENTONG: DAP, despite its Ubah (change) slogan, is not in a position to promise any change to the people because it lacks the political strength to do so, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
The DAP, he added, had been clearly subservient to PAS since the last general election.
For instance, the DAP won 18 state seats in Perak in the last elections, against the 13 combined seats from PAS and PKR, but the Mentri Besar (Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin) was from PAS, he pointed out.
Dr Chua said DAP was mum when the PAS-led Kelantan and Kedah governments imposed Islamic values on non-Muslims in the states.
He pointed out that the economy in the PAS-ruled states also suffered because the political uncertainty was not conducive for business.
Describing a vote for DAP as a vote for PAS, Dr Chua said the consequences would be grave for the non-Muslims in particular if PAS was to control more states, and cause irreversible damage if Pakatan Rakyat took over the Federal Government.
PAS, he explained, was the dominant partner in Pakatan, and that the Mentris Besar from eight states would be from PAS if Pakatan swept into power.
Dr Chua said the eight states were Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Johor, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.
“The political reality in the country is the post of prime minister will go to the party that controlled the most number of seats,” he said after opening the Pahang MCA 64th anniversary celebrations here yesterday.
As such, Dr Chua said a vote for DAP is to realise PAS' long-term ambition of turning the country into an Islamic state.
Dr Chua said the DAP knew the consequences but ignored it in its quest to cling on to power.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the people wanted stability in the country and were clear that only Barisan could deliver that.
He said the various development programmes under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak were proof that Barisan could promise a brighter future for the people.
“We (MCA) will use constructive actions to counter the destructive approach by the Opposition.
“With the general election nearing, the Opposition is expected to intensify its attacks,” said Liow, who is also Pahang MCA chairman.