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Pakatan’s illusion of unity shattered, says MCA

 | September 28, 2011

MCA organising secretary Tee Siew Keong says Pakatan should lift its gag order and allow its members to speak freely over hudud implementation.

PETALING JAYA: The ongoing tiff in Pakatan Rakyat over the hudud issue is proof that the so-called unity among the Pakatan component parties is a mere illusion, said MCA national organising secretary Tee Siew Keong.

In a statement today, Tee said Pakatan should allow its members to speak freely over the Islamic law controversy by lifting its gag order on the matter.

“Whenever troubled by a controversy, they silence their members. They should stop trying to sweep the matter under the carpet,” said Tee.

Last week, the opposition pact courted controversy when its leader Anwar Ibrahim openly said that in principle, he backed hudud laws to be implemented in Kelantan.

His statement drew ire from DAP with Lim Kit Siang saying the Islamic law cannot be implemented in Malaysia and was not part of the Pakatan’s common policy.

A heated debate followed suit, prompting Pakatan leaders to issue a gag order over the matter pending a high-level meeting later tonight.

Tee said that this was not the first time Pakatan resorted to silence its members as the same thing was done when Selangor menteri besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was in a fix over the Damansara Utama Methodist Churh by Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) last month.

“And when heated debate followed over seat allocation talks, Pakatan leaders told its members not to speak openly on the matter,” he said.

Since early this month, there were reports that PKR and DAP were deadlocked over negotiations on seats allocation in several states.

This prompted PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution to instuct his party leaders to stop highlighting their discontent to the press.

Tee also called upon DAP to state its stand over the implementation of hudud laws in Kelantan to put the matter to rest once and for all.

“And it should stop pitting the Chinese against one another just for the sake of political power,” he said.

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