KUALA LUMPUR: DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang today hit out at MCA president Wee Ka Siong for not realising the irony of the situation by defending Umno’s cooperation with PAS in elections.
Lim asked if Wee realised he would have lost his deposit in the Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency in the 14th general election if voters had followed PAS president Hadi Awang’s “dictum” that Muslims must vote for Muslim candidates.
The MP for Iskandar Puteri noted that Wee had won 17,076 votes in the contest for the Ayer Hitam seat, beating Pakatan Harapan candidate Liew Chin Tong with a thin majority of 303 votes. The third candidate from PAS, Mardi Marwan, got 4,975 votes.
“If Muslims only vote for Muslim candidates, as is now Hadi’s stand, claiming that a corrupt and decadent Muslim leader is any time better than a clean and honest non-Muslim leader, Wee would not have received any Muslim votes in the Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency and would even have lost his deposit.
“Wee is a poor student of history as DAP had never worked with a PAS leadership which advocated such a toxic and vicious brand of politics, aimed at sowing suspicion, distrust and hatred among races and religions – which is not building a nation but destroying the very social fabric in Malaysia.”
This, Lim said, was not the PAS which DAP had worked with in the Barisan Alternative from 1999 to 2001 and Pakatan Rakyat, from 2008 to 2015.
Yesterday, Wee had said there was nothing wrong with Umno and PAS cooperating to defeat a common rival in the upcoming Semenyih by-election.
“Even in the past, the opposition used to accept collaboration and cooperation.
“I don’t see the difference when in the past, DAP and PAS worked very well together,” Wee had said at MCA’s Chinese New Year open house at Wisma MCA.
Lim said: “DAP will work with a political Islam that recognises Malaysia as a plural society and believes that Malaysia’s greatness comes from the leveraging of the assets and best qualities from the diverse races, religions, languages and civilisations which meet in confluence in Malaysia, building tolerance, trust and confidence among the races and religions and not by sowing suspicion, distrust, fear and hatred among the races and religions.”
He said Wee’s defence of the political cooperation between Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties and PAS showed the “political hypocrisy of MCA leaders”.
“Wee made a great play before the MCA general assembly that BN was outdated and should be dissolved. But after the general assembly, Wee is behaving like a duck taking to water — which shows that he is very comfortable playing the subservient role in BN.”
Lim said the best kept political secret was “the untold story” of the role MCA ministers and leaders played in the “cover-up of the monstrous 1MDB” scandal.
“Will Wee tell Malaysians the whole truth and nothing but the truth about this untold story?”