KUALA LUMPUR - PAS has postponed the tabling of the Private Member's Bill in the Dewan Rakyat to allow the DAP to have a successful outing in the coming Bukit Gelugor and Teluk Intan parliamentary by-elections, the MCA says.
"The announcement is an attempt to deceive voters and not due to an internal decision by PAS to ditch its plans," said MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun in a statement here yesterday.
"PAS is just playing a delaying tactic as it had openly declared it does not require the consensus of the Pakatan Rakyat to implement hudud.
"Although on the surface, the DAP shouts that it is against hudud within the Pakatan, in reality, DAP submits to PAS' move," she said.
"Nobody will forget DAP leaders who, during the last general election, had misled voters by assuring non-Muslims that PAS would implement a welfare state and not hudud law.
"However, less than a year after the general election, PAS has opted using the easiest way to introduce hudud, that is, through Parliament," she said.
She said DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang should demand for the opposition pact to declare, as their common policy in the Buku Jingga, that PAS will not attempt to implement the hudud penal code in the country.
In Ipoh, MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said the party will make an in-depth study of the PAS plan even though the opposition party has decided to delay tabling the Private Member's Bill in Parliament to pave the way for the syariah law.
The MCA presidential council has named deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong to head the study committee, which would comprise legal and religious experts.
"The committee will start its work immediately. We need to be prudent and to get our facts right because what we want is for our nation's multiracial community to live together peacefully and to respect one another," Ong said at a Wesak Day event at the Perak branch of the Malaysian Buddhist Association here yesterday.
On MCA not contesting in the Bukit Gelugor by-election, Ong said: "We came to the decision after consulting other Barisan Nasional component parties, which felt MCA should focus on getting better and stronger in order to face the next general election."