BATU PAHAT - More than 1,000 MCA grassroots leaders and 108 leaders from Chinese guilds and associations from Johor have expressed their deep concern over the hudud to Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The MCA president has reassured them that the party's stand was to protect the Federal Constitution for a progressive multi-ethnic and multi-religious Malaysian society.
"We will go all out to stop PAS from implementing its hudud," said Liow after meeting the leaders here on Sunday.
MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, also Johor MCA chairman was with Liow at the meeting that lasted four and a half hours.
Liow said there was increasing concern over PAS' hudud move after the Islamist party attempted to table a Private Member's Bill in Parliament earlier this month to amend the Federal Constitutition.
Despite its failed attempt, PAS was adamant to go ahead and table it in the Parliament sitting in June.
Liow said PAS' allies - DAP and PKR - owed the people, especially the Chinese, an explanation on Pakatan Rakyat's official stand on the latest development on PAS' hudud move.
He said DAP leaders were evasive on the issue after they managed to convince the people to support them in the general election.
Liow said the over 1, 000 turnout of Johor party leaders at the briefing on the party's transformation was the largest so far.
This was the sixth stop of his nationwide briefing.
"They are very eager to know more on the party's transformation plans, the way foward and the role they can play," he said.
Dr Wee said the party members from Johor were very supportive over the party's transformation programmes.
Meanwhile they have also expressed their deep concern over the bid by PAS to table the Private Member's Bill.
Dr Wee said the 108 leaders from 75 Chinese guilds and associations from Johor at the meeting had raised issues on education, especially on the development of Chinese schools, temples and other local issues.
On the Bukit Gelugor by-election, Dr Wee, also the MCA election committee chairman said he had met with the Penang MCA deputy chairman to discuss the potential candidates.
The presidential council meeting chaired by Liow at the party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today would discuss the by-election.