PETALING JAYA - PAS' gag order against its members on the issue of Selangor Mentri Besar and leaked WhatsApp messages is a typical move by Pakatan Rakyat to prevent its lies and contradictions from being exposed, said MCA.
Its publicity bureau chairman Datuk Chai Kim Sen said PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali had issued the gag order on all members as quick damage control.
"What is PAS hiding? That its two top leaders - (spiritual adviser) Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat and (party president) Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang - were never sincere at all when Pakatan claimed that PAS would protect the rights of ethnic and religious minorities?
"It is very damning that the PAS spiritual adviser and president have yet to come out to condemn the messages," he said in a statement here yesterday.
In the leaked WhatsApp group chat, Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki, who is PAS' research centre operations director, had discussed the possibility of the party working together with Umno and retaining Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as mentri besar.
The leaked messages, said Chai, suggested that leaders within PAS wanted out of Pakatan to pursue a racist and extremist agenda which would completely negate the rights of non-Muslims.
Pakatan Selangor was the first state to gazette a Freedom of Information Bill, but it showed its inconsistency by issuing the gag order at a time when the public had the right to know how racist and extremist PAS actually was in its treatment of minorities.
"PAS hurriedly instructs members to shut up and even voices regrets that the WhatsApp messages were exposed," he said, accusing PAS of hoping for the truth to remain shrouded.
Meanwhile, Bersih 2.0 condemned Dr Mohd Zuhdi's alleged support for race-based and religion-based delineation.
"It is against the spirit of the Federal Constitution, whose ultimate aim is the promotion of peace and harmony among all peoples in Malaysia," Bersih said in a statement yesterday.
It also reminded PAS that the party had pledged racial and religious equality in their election slogan, "PAS for all".
"Even in merely entertaining race-based delineation, PAS has also betrayed this ideal. Malaysians are identified as Malaysians, not by the colour of their skin," it added.