MCA president Liow: DAP will never leave PAS

KUALA LUMPUR - Cutting ties with PAS is just a temporary fix for DAP after it failed to act as a check-and-balance against the Islamist party, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He added that the Chinese-majority party only severed ties with PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang but still held on to PasMa, which also consists of PAS members.

"DAP is trying to cover its lies when it assured voters that hudud would never be implemented during the general election.

"It will never leave PAS. It is just finding excuses to look for another partner to fool the people," he said, urging the people not to be cheated by DAP again.

Liow said the Pakatan pact should be dissolved as it acted like "a three-headed horse cart that had gone different ways".

"It is like a genetic freak that had no consensus, was non-registered and each party fights for its own agenda," he said when opening the Serdang MCA annual general meeting yesterday.

It was wrong to say MCA was lacking in real power as it had always been involved in the country's administration, he added.

Selangor MCA secretary Ng Chok Sin said DAP and PKR were afraid to face a snap election, worrying that they would lose control of the state administration.

He said the current government did not have concrete results on a list of woes, including reaching a decision on the water restructuring exercise with Putrajaya, persisting floods, having the highest number of dengue cases and barring traditional Chinese medical operators from selling alcohol.

If a fresh poll was to be held, he said there would be a high possibility of Barisan Nasional recapturing the state as the rakyat was also tired of the politicking and power struggles of the three parties in the split Pakatan pact.

In a statement yesterday, Ng also accused PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli of not speaking from his heart when he said a fresh poll would be a waste of public funds.

He recalled that PKR had caused two by-elections in the past in Kajang, Selangor, last year and Permatang Pauh, Penang, in 2008.

MCA publicity bureau chairman Senator Datuk Chai Kim Sen said DAP was the source of the mess in the split Pakatan pact.

He said the Chinese-majority party went all out to help PAS expand its base by repackaging it as a party fighting for a welfare state concept instead of Islamic affairs.

"DAP is putting its own political interest above all. When the differences are irreconcilable and Pakatan becomes unsustainable, it quickly turns its back on PAS and declares the end of Pakatan without considering the feeling of its fellow Pakatan members," he added.

He also said Pakatan had proven to be a political grouping that was full of hanky-panky, manipulation, mutual suspicion and rivalry.