Umno minister says if the MCA leader does not know the law, he should refrain from speaking about the rally PAS wants to hold.
PETALING JAYA: Umno’s Nazri Aziz has reignited his war of words with MCA, lashing out at the Barisan Nasional component party for criticising his backing of PAS’s plans for a rally in support of strengthening shariah court powers.
“Who is MCA to talk about this? Do they think that they are a ‘super party’?
“It is so obvious that MCA has a short man’s inferiority complex,” he told FMT when contacted.
Nazri’s scathing remarks come in response to a statement by MCA’s Religious Harmony Bureau chief Ti Lian Ker, who questioned Nazri’s support for the rally earlier today.
Ti, a former Pahang assemblyman, also said Nazri “should be aware that this rally is grounded in religion”.
Nazri, who is also an Umno Supreme Council member, reminded Ti that “nothing could stop PAS from holding a rally as long as the Islamist party complied with the Peaceful Assembly Act”.
“This Ti is empty up there. If he doesn’t know the law, then don’t speak,” the Padang Rengas MP said, adding that if Ti wanted to argue the case, he should ensure he had the facts in hand.
PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had earlier said the party would hold a rally on Feb 18 at Dataran Merdeka, with the aim of gathering 300,000 people, in what will be a show of strength over its plan to amend the law and increase the powers of shariah courts.
Nazri responded by saying it was PAS’s right to organise the rally, although the plan to hold it at Dataran Merdeka had been shot down by Kuala Lumpur mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.
This isn’t the first public spat between Nazri and Ti as the duo were embroiled in a feud last year after Ti urged Umno to refrain from employing scare tactics to secure Malay votes.
Nazri responded by saying it was better to be a village hero than become like MCA, which only had seven parliamentary seats at present.
Ti then hit back at Nazri, labelling the latter arrogant for belittling a BN component party.
The feud came to an end after MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said the duo had decided to bury the hatchet.