KUALA LUMPUR - MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun chided DAP and PKR for not checking their facts before accusing her of being sexist and belittling housewives.
Representatives of the two Pakatan Rakyat parties had urged Chew to apologise after accusing her of using the term "housewife" allegedly in reference of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
"I wish to make it clear that I have never mentioned nor referred to Dr Wan Azizah as a housewife.
"The perception of 'housewife antics' was introduced by an online portal (Malaysiakini), and not by me," she said during a press conference at the MCA headquarters here yesterday.
Citing a recent article written by the portal titled "MCA tired of Azizah's housewife antics", Chew said that she had not mentioned housewife nor demeaned Dr Wan Azizah.
"PKR and DAP representatives, however, seized the opportunity to accuse me of doing so.
"They did not check their facts and rushed to call a press conference, merely based on the headline of that article," she said.
The MCA vice-president said DAP and PKR should apologise for jumping the gun and misusing the non-existent gender issue to fish for votes in Permatang Pauh.
Nibong Tebal MCA division chief Tan Cheng Liang said Dr Wan Azizah's constant subservience to her husband Datuk Seri Anwar was "an insult to women".
"It is strange for Pakatan to twist Chew's statement and maliciously label Chew as being disrespectful to women.
"Instead, Dr Wan Azizah and PKR are the ones who are not giving the fairer sex due respect," she said, adding that Chew had only criticised Wan Azizah for yet again becoming a stand-in candidate for her husband.