MCA's Ti Lian Ker questions Nazri, and says the rally in Dataran Merdeka will be no different from the Red Shirts gatherings.
PETALING JAYA: MCA today warned that a rally planned by PAS in support of wider powers for shariah courts would increase racial tension, and questioned Umno’s Nazri Aziz for saying it was the Islamist party’s right to organise it.
MCA’s Religious Harmony Bureau chief Ti Lian Ker also drew comparisons with protests by the Red Shirts, the movement led by Sungai Besar Umno division chief, Jamal Yunos.
“Look at the type of hate the Red Shirts’ rally produced. Do we really want a repeat of that?” he told FMT today.
” Nazri should be aware that this rally is grounded in religion.”
Ti said the rally could turn into a religiously charged gathering aimed at those who oppose the private member’s bill tabled by the PAS president last year, to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).
“This we fear will only create tension between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities,” he added.
“Already we must note many unpleasant things have been said about those who oppose hudud and shariah amendments.”
PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had earlier said the party would hold a rally on Feb 18 at Dataran Merdeka, aiming to gather 300,000 people, in what will be a show of strength over its plan to increase shariah penalties in the country.
Nazri responded by saying it was PAS’s right to organise the rally, although the plan was shot down by Kuala Lumpur mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.
Ti said MCA respected Islam but would oppose laws it said were in violation of the Federal Constitution.
He said the bill, which will allow heavier punishments for shariah offenders, had the ultimate aim to enforce hudud, the Islamic capital punishments for serious crimes, as well as “criminal codes unto all Malaysians”.