Admit you were wrong, Malaysian opposition party told

Admit you were wrong, Malaysian opposition party told
MCA youth chief Chong Sin Woon (left).

PETALING JAYA - DAP should be honest and admit that its political cooperation with PAS has been a disastrous mistake, say Barisan Nasional leaders.

MCA Youth chief Senator Chong Sin Woon said DAP knew all along that PAS wanted hudud, but chose to tell the Chinese community that the Islamist party would only implement a "welfare state".

"Now is the time for DAP to apologise for misleading the Chinese.

"Show some guts. If you cannot work together, then break up with PAS," said Chong when commenting on Puchong MP and the party's legal bureau head Gobind Singh Deo's warning to PAS that it would no longer be seen as part of Pakatan Rakyat if it tabled its hudud Bill in the Kelantan assembly next month.

Chong said DAP leaders had a bad habit of issuing statements in their personal capacity that attacked PAS, while the party's official stand was to "agree to disagree" with the Islamist party.

"I urge Gobind to bring this matter up formally in a DAP meeting," Chong said.

MCA Publicity Bureau chairman Datuk Chai Kim Sen said it was pointless for Pakatan to use the "agreeing to disagree" when PAS kept snubbing DAP on the matter.

"DAP must be brave and pull out of Pakatan just like in 2001 when it pulled out from Barisan Alternatif."

Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong questioned why PAS' aim to implement hudud was still an issue after the leaders of the pact held a presidential council meeting earlier this month.

"Pakatan had its three-party meeting on Feb 8, so why was the issue not discussed then?" he asked.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said DAP could not continue pretending about not knowing PAS' true intentions.

"We, in Barisan, do not have any intention to interfere with their affairs, but they should not 'cry' about the PAS that they have known all along," said Shabery.

He said Barisan parties, including MCA, had continuously reminded the Chinese community about PAS' intentions and how the community would have to bear the consequences by choosing to support Pakatan.

"It has become more obvious that while these two parties sleep on the same pillow, their dreams are conflicting," said Shabery.

Cheras Umno division chairman Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee said PAS should stop allowing itself to be "bullied by DAP".

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