Grassroots leaders say Chua Soi Lek is harping on a non-issue.
The show of support by DAP‚Äôs 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 Lek‚Äôs claim that Karpal was a lone battler against the alleged PAS agenda.
Apalasamy said Karpal‚Äôs statements on the issue reflected sentiments in the DAP grassroots.
‚ÄúWhen Karpal speaks, the party speaks; he is the party supremo,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWhy is Chua harping on a non-issue?‚ÄĚ
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 party‚Äôs stand.
‚ÄúIs Chua saying that his public statements are not reflective of MCA‚Äôs grassroots sentiments and official stand? If¬† that is so, Chua is not a party supremo. He is a loner.‚ÄĚ
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 ‚Äúhusbands from wives and brothers from sisters‚ÄĚ would not help achieve this objective.
Manogaran urged PAS to work within Pakatan Rakyat to tackle ‚Äúbigger tasks‚ÄĚ ahead, like taking over the government from Umno and Barisan Nasional to give Malaysians their due freedoms and rights.
Tan said PAS‚Äôs Islamist agenda was unconstitutional and went against the aspiration of Malaysia‚Äôs founding fathers to set up a secular state.
‚ÄúKarpal‚Äôs stand against PAS‚Äôs Islamist agenda has been constant and consistent,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI fully support him.‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúAn Islamic state and hudud law will not suit Malaysia‚Äôs cosmopolitan society,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúPAS must respect the rights, interests and sensitivities of non-Muslims too.‚ÄĚ