MCA’s hudud stand – the mouse that squeaked

By Koon Yew Yin
Mar 21, 2015

COMMENT Why is it that politicians in Malaysia finally talk some sense when they become ex-politicians? I am referring to Dr Chua Soi Lek, former MCA president, who since his departure from the leadership position, has been talking more sense than before.

In fact, so much so that some Malaysians may even reconsider their negative opinion on him. His latest public skewering of MCA is well worth disseminating.

According to Chua, MCA should not be pointing fingers at the DAP but should prevent UMNO from supporting PAS’ parliamentary hudud bill. In his statement, he pointed out that “if Umno MPs support PAS’ private bill in Parliament, MCA cannot continue to ignore the elephant in the room and blame others for supporting PAS hudud in Kelantan.”

Further, he noted that “to continue issuing statements condemning DAP is an exercise of futility. The Malaysian community expects more from MCA and it is time for MCA leadership to rise to the occasion.”

Resistance is not futile

But is Chua’s statement itself an exercise in futility?

Firstly it is important to note that Chua’s statement, although carried in the online media, has been kept out of the Star, the MCA-owned newspaper. No trace of it is found in the paper’s online and print versions.

Not only will the majority Malay and Muslim community not be aware of this important stand taken by the MCA but the MCA grassroots – fed on an anti-DAP diet – will similarly be ignorant of the need to man the barricades against the imposition of hudud law.

Secondly, everyone including Chua and the present MCA leadership, knows that UMNO is not the most scrupulous party in the country.

This is a party which has been the major player in squandering the country’s wealth, undermining our racial and religious unity, debasing the institutions of the state and bringing us closer to authoritarian rule – if we are not already there.

So he can expect that big brother UMNO will pull the present MCA leader, Liow Tong Lai, aside and repeat the same message which was put to Chua during his own tenure as MCA chief.

At that time, Umno president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had told him to “tone down” his attack against the Islamic penal code as it could be twisted to portray MCA as being anti-Islam.

Neither moderate nor inclusive

I would like to go further than Chua in pointing out why MCA and all BN parties should oppose hudud.

If hudud were ever to see the light of day in Malaysia, we can be sure that there will be a massive outflow of investment, wealth, and people from Malaysia.

It is not only the locals who will leave. The international community – including foreign investors – has been more loud and vociferous in expressing concern about the growing Islamisation in the country.

Despite repeated assurances by the Prime Minister that we are and remain a moderate Muslim country, they see actions sanctioned by the state authorities such as on the Allah issue, as evidence of hardline and conservative Muslim political forces gaining dominance in Malaysia.

Adoption by Parliament – even if a two-thirds majority is not obtained – will be the beginning of the end for moderate and inclusive Islam in the country.

Is the Middle East model of fundamentalist Islam which has brought destruction and disaster the model that Malaysian Muslims want to follow? I do not think so.

BN component parties have to say ‘no’

Malaysians are not expecting that the fight against hudud and other forms of Islamic practices that are being sneaked into the public sector should come only from Muslim moderates, civil society organisations or the opposition parties.

We expect that the ruling government – that is the BN coalition – should be the first to stand up and say “no” to creeping Islamisation and firmly reject any efforts to water down our secular constitution.

Quite by coincidence, we saw a big public spectacle being made of the BN component parties pledging their support to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s leadership of the country.

I am sure most Malaysians will feel much better if we had the same gang of BN high-level apple polishers finally summon up enough courage to call a similar press conference and photo opportunity to say “no” to the imposition of hudud law in Malaysia.

When that happens, I will salute MCA as the mouse that squeaked.

KOON YEW YIN, a retired chartered engineer, is a philanthropist.

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Monday, 23 March 2015 - 12:51 am

    Will PAS b credited as d party dat used hudud 2 split up PR n BN?

  2. #2 by clnt on Monday, 23 March 2015 - 10:54 am

    Those MCA guys n the local communities ‘VIPs’ love to make fiery speeches against the inequalities felt by the Chinese during dinners and functions BUT they always warned the reporters present not to publish them! Those liars just feel good bullshitting n the listeners love catching all the bullshits! What happen after that….???!!!

  3. #3 by good coolie on Monday, 23 March 2015 - 12:53 pm

    UMNO is patting two insignificant political parties on their backs in a consoling way. “Don’t worry, Jangan Takut, kita tahu, kitah tahu. All will be well, All will be well….”

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