PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) today found an unlikely ally in MCA, who defended the coalition over accusations that its policies are detrimental to Muslims and Malays, while singling out DAP for trying to “cling to power” for fear of upsetting Malay-based parties PPBM and Amanah.
MCA vice-president Ti Lian Ker admitted that the political climate had been more accommodating to voices of reason, but quickly added that DAP had no role to play in the new environment.
“On the contrary, DAP has been silent on a lot of issues relating to race and religion due to the sensitivity of the matter,” Ti added.
He said despite DAP’s “near absolute support” from the Chinese community and moderates, it had chosen not to speak up on issues touching on fair play including local elections, the matriculation programme quota for non-Malays as well as the “bailout” of Tabung Haji and Felda using “non-Bumiputeras and non-halal taxes”.
“They are now in power and do not wish to rock the boat,” Ti said, adding that the party was confronted with the dilemma once faced by MCA when it was caught between PH’s Malay-based parties.
“This is the political reality of today, and more Malay and Islam-centric decisions will be made by the PH government to win over their votes to remain in power,” he said.
“DAP has resigned itself to the fact that it cannot initiate change and is more interested in just clinging on to power.”
Ti said there is a need for a “third force” if the momentum of change is to be continued, and for checks on PPBM and Amanah if they “decide to play against Umno or PAS by increasing the tempo of race and religion tones”.
“There is no longer room for race-based politics and political parties who will sell their souls just to stay in power,” he added.