ROMPIN: PAS has taken the support of the other races so lightly that their leaders do not canvass for the votes of the Chinese community in the Rompin by-election, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said that ever since the 13th general election, PAS had become big-headed and had been boastful that it had the support of the people, including the Chinese.
"But PAS has neglected Chinese sentiments because it has become too arrogant. Their leaders did not even come here to visit the Chinese community to campaign.
"PAS has taken the support of the people for granted that it has decided to go ahead with its hudud plan, although it contravenes the Federal Constitution," Liow said during a dinner with the Chinese community in Tanjung Gemok here on Friday.
Barisan Nasional's candidate Datuk Hasan Arifin was also present.
Liow warned that the PAS hudud plan had dire consequences for the country if it was allowed to be enforced.
"It will change the very identity of our country. There will be no more multi-cultural values and moderation.
"Although the Chinese voters here are not that many, each vote has an effect on our future generation.
"If we do not show our protest now, PAS will take it as a sign to go ahead with the implementation of its hudud plan.
"One vote for PAS is one vote for hudud," he said.
Liow also asked Chinese voters to support Barisan as it would give strength to MCA to represent them in the Government.
"I admit we did not do well in the last elections but we have never given up on the Chinese community and must continue to win back their support. I hope the Chinese community here can give us a chance to push for transformation as a part of Barisan," he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the new 60-bed Hospital Rompin would be fully operational by June.
He said in the first three months of this year, its emergency unit had treated 1,628 patients while 629 patients were warded for various illnesses while 81 new births had been registered.
Dr Hilmi said a haemodialysis unit had been set up with five dialysis machines ready for use in June, with another two machines on standby.
"This will benefit at least 30 renal patients needing prompt treatment," he said after visiting the media centre here yesterday.