Grassroots leaders say Chua Soi Lek is harping on a non-issue.
The show of support by DAPâs Pahang vice-chairman J Apalasamy, Teluk Intan MP M Manogaran and former Taman Seri Sungai Pelek branch head Tan Tuan Tat came in the wake of MCA chief Dr Chua Soi Lekâs claim that Karpal was a lone battler against the alleged PAS agenda.
Apalasamy said Karpalâs statements on the issue reflected sentiments in the DAP grassroots.
âWhen Karpal speaks, the party speaks; he is the party supremo,â he said. âWhy is Chua harping on a non-issue?â
He returned fire at Chua, asking whether the MCA president was suggesting that his own public statements reflected only his personal views and not his partyâs stand.
âIs Chua saying that his public statements are not reflective of MCAâs grassroots sentiments and official stand? IfÂ that is so, Chua is not a party supremo. He is a loner.â
Manogaran meanwhile criticised Negeri Sembilan PAS for segregating men from women at its Hari Raya open house last weekend, saying the act undermined efforts towards racial integration.
He said the main purpose of holding open houses was to foster unity and harmony among different ethnic groups and separating âhusbands from wives and brothers from sistersâ would not help achieve this objective.
Manogaran urged PAS to work within Pakatan Rakyat to tackle âbigger tasksâ ahead, like taking over the government from Umno and Barisan Nasional to give Malaysians their due freedoms and rights.
Tan said PASâs Islamist agenda was unconstitutional and went against the aspiration of Malaysiaâs founding fathers to set up a secular state.
âKarpalâs stand against PASâs Islamist agenda has been constant and consistent,â he said. âI fully support him.â
He urged PAS to abandon the agenda, saying an Islamic state was not feasible in the context of rapid globalisation.
He called on PAS to work with others to uphold a rule of law that is universally acceptable.
âAn Islamic state and hudud law will not suit Malaysiaâs cosmopolitan society,â he said. âPAS must respect the rights, interests and sensitivities of non-Muslims too.â