:The deputy president of PAS, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, was described today as a dishonest and unethical politician by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who accused Tuan Ibrahim and his party of calling for policies that would end the rights of non-Muslim and non-Malay Malaysians.
Speaking at the Selangor DAP convention today, Lim said Tuan Ibrahim had denied that PAS and Umno leaders had made such calls which affected the right of non-Malays or non-Muslims to hold Cabinet positions; the teaching of mother-tongue languages in vernacular schools; alleging that the finance ministry had taken over Jakim (the Malaysian Islamic Development Department); and by calling for a boycott of non-Muslim products and businesses.
“Clearly, Tuan Ibrahim Man lied and is a dishonest and unethical politician,” said Lim.
“Will PAS and Tuan Ibrahim Man act against Umno and PAS leaders who called for policies that will result in extinguishing the fundamental rights of non-Muslims and non-Malays, as protected under the Federal Constitution?”
He said among those who had made inflammatory calls included PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, PAS central executive member Nasrudin Hassan and former Selangor PAS Dewan Ulama deputy president Ahmad Dusuki Abdul Rani, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and opposition leader Ismail Sabri.
Lim also attacked the MCA for accepting the Umno-PAS political alliance in the Tanjung Piai by-election next week, despite the two parties not having retracted and apologised for their statements affecting non-Muslim and non-Malay rights.
Lim said that Umno and PAS had claimed that Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Pakatan Harapan government were the puppets of DAP. “On the other hand, to the Chinese community, MCA claims that DAP is the puppet of Dr Mahathir,” he said.
Lim also spoke about the federal government’s decision to withhold a yearly grant to the MCA-owned Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman.
He accused the MCA of using its control of the English and Chinese press to allege that DAP has failed to fulfil its promise to allocate RM30 million to the college although the government had stated that the allocation would be made when the MCA relinquished control of the college to KTAR alumni and the Chinese community. Lim said the prime minister had endorsed that condition in writing.
“In other words, RM60 million for this year and next year is available, and as long as PH remains in power, every year at least RM30 million, waiting for KTAR to collect, if MCA can give up control.”
Lim said education and political parties should be kept separate, to ensure that educational standards are not sacrificed for political expediency.
He gave warning that an MCA victory in Tanjung Piai might lead to not only an endorsement of the racist and extremist philosophies of PAS and Umno but also intensify the attempts to set up a new government through the “back door” of political defections.
Source : FMT