Penang Gerakan First Vice Chairman Oh Tong Keong:
Are you shocked when you read the title, thinking that I am urging you to support PAS? This plea did not come from me, neither from any of the Gerakan leaders. This impassioned plea came from Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who is also secretary-general of DAP.
Guan Eng has indeed pleaded with the Chinese community to vote for PAS candidates during the two previous general elections. On top of that, many DAP leaders have also been calling on the Chinese community to support PAS after the General Election in 2008.
It is the DAP that has been nurturing PAS, leading to the tabling of the bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 by PAS president Hadi Awang, who is Marang Member of Parliament, on May 26. Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill is to be debated in Parliament.
His bill was originally item number 15 of the House’s Agenda. Usually, the parliament will first debate on bills from the government. But the house allowed this private bill earlier, without any notice.
Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong together with MCA, SUPP and BN Chinese component parties immediately expressed our stand against the bill at all costs. We also strongly criticise the cooperation between PAS and UMNO which has indirectly affected the BN spirit.
It is not the fault of BN, Gerakan nor MCA that caused the situation today. It is DAP’s fault that leads to this difficult situation. It is because of DAP leaders who have been urging the people to support PAS, that PAS has grown to its size today.
Gerakan has all the while made its stand clear on Hudud. We oppose Hudud completely. We will call for public support to defend the Federal Constitution and object the implementation of Hudud. We have to let the people know that Hudud is a serious challenge towards the nation. The Federal Constitution is to ensure the unity and harmony among all races, thus we must not let this private member’s bill to destroy the spirit of our Federal Constitution.
Mah and MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had strongly expressed their stand, threatening to resign from their Cabinet posts if the bill becomes law. MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong also announced that he would resign from the Cabinet if he can’t stop the bill from being approved by the House.
Being a responsible leader, we will protect our governing philosophy of moderation and pluralism at all costs. This is our responsibility.
DAP has misled the people to support PAS in the last two elections. During political talks and public events, DAP leaders have audaciously and openly urged the people to vote for PAS.
Come, let all moderate Malaysians stand up to defend the Moderate Malaysia mantra.