Soi Lek: Don’t take everything for granted
SUNGAI PETANI: The people should not take the country’s racial and religious harmony for granted as it can be changed overnight.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said that apart from the nation’s peace, stability and economic growth, Malaysians of all races enjoyed various types of freedom such as in religion and education.
He, however, cautioned that this harmonious state should not be regarded as “automatic”.
He said that after the March 2008 general election, it was obvious that racial and religious relationships seemed to be under stress due to intense politicking.
“This is further aggravated in PAS-led states such as Kelantan and Kedah, where there is no alcohol, no gambling, no cinema and no live concert, while males and females need to be separated. The only pig abattoir in Kedah is also gone,” he said before opening Sungai Petani MCA division’s Merdekaraya dinner gathering at Dewan Beng Siew here last night.
Dr Chua said that despite all this, PAS’ ally in Pakatan Rakyat – the DAP – would always assure the non-Muslims that PAS would not implement hudud and that it would not impose its values.
“But this is happening right before us. Even if DAP objects hudud, it is only (DAP national chairman) Karpal Singh who opposes hudud. The rest are quiet about it,” he said.
Dr Chua said it was a big lie by the DAP that it would not allow hudud to be implemented and that this Islamic Criminal Enactment would not affect the non-Muslims.
“Hudud will affect the whole nation and everybody. It is for this very simple reason that when you have hudud, it is regarded as infringing human rights, to some people,” he said.
Dr Chua noted that hudud can also reduce foreign direct investments and affect tourism.
It will affect the economy as a whole, he added.
He said if PAS were to amend the Federal Constitution to suit its religious teachings, then all Muslim members of parliament would have to support it.
He said the situation would be similar to when PAS amended the state Constitution in Terengganu – all Umno assemblymen there had to support it.
“So there is no such thing that hudud cannot be implemented, because in reality, it can be implemented,” he said.