DAP should be blamed for Umno-Pas 'unholy-pact'

Veena Babulal

KUALA LUMPUR: After almost losing their deposit in the Balakong by election, MCA has trained its guns on DAP, blaming it for the emerging pact between Umno and PAS.

Its publicity spokesperson Senator Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said it was the DAP and not MCA which forced the two parties to enter into an “unholy-pact” which tore the Barisan Nasional (BN) apart.

“DAP successfully broke-up BN which had taken the moderate approach, placing extremist and religious bigots apart, destroying it (BN) and pushing Umno and Pas to the far right while putting MCA in a catch 22 position,” he said.

Ti said that DAP forced the two parties to come together and as a result had placed the nation’s national harmony in the balance. It has also seen the rise of racism and minorities being targeted, as well as views such as non Malays being a threat to native privileges and Islamic interests has once again become predominant.

“For the DAP to obtain more than 2/3 or 90 per cent of Chinese votes, it is seen to be extreme and radical.

“The majority of Malays still voted for Umno and PAS.

“The overwhelming support of the Chinese for DAP is attributed to DAP playing up the Chinese dissatisfaction of unequal playing fields in education, business and governance,” he said in a statement here today.

Ti also called DAP and its adviser Lim Kit Siang to stop being a political hypocrite as they had allied with Pas previously for political gains.

The Dewan Negara member said this can be seen stretching back to the early 90s through its collaboration in Gagasan Rakyat and later on under the Pakatan Rakyat banner, for instance.

“It was the DAP that formed a joint government with PAS in Perak, Penang and Selangor (in 2008). If there's any unholy pact, it is DAP who had continued to form a joint government with PAS in Selangor despite officially breaking off (with them) at the national level,” he added.

Ti said that DAP had shifted from working with Pas and Umno (through Semangat 46) to working with the likes of their former leaders who were labeled as racist by Lim Kit Siang for decades.

This he said these leaders include the likes of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Pas leader, now Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu.

Ti’s remarks come in response to comments by Lim who said MCA was in an unholy pact with Umno and Pas after the party recruited the Islamist party for their campaign efforts in the Balakong by-election.

The Iskandar Puteri member of Parliament claimed that MCA had resorted to Pas support at the by-election to avoid losing its deposit. MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong avoided narrowly losing his deposit by securing 14.9 per cent of the votes cast in the Sept 8 by-election.

Election candidates who secure anything below 12.5 per cent of the ballots lose their deposit.

Ti cautioned Lim and DAP to stop their “theatrics and antics of pushing Umno and PAS to the extreme.”

“These are two powerful and well organised political parties that may emerge triumphant if Pakatan Harapan continues to “abuse” their power’s of selective persecution and blaming others for their failure to deliver their promises.

“DAP should not risk the nation falling into the hands of extremists or bigots by displaying arrogance now that they are in power,” advised Ti. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd