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HUDUD ISSUE: Leaders of the party are political eunuchs, says Soi Lek
IPOH: DATUK Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has branded DAP leaders as “modernday political eunuchs” for lacking the guts to defy Pas over the implementation of hudud.
The MCA president said DAP should demonstrate courage, dignity and accountability by leaving Pakatan Rakyat.
“If Pas keeps insisting on hudud, DAP should have the moral courage, political dignity and accountability to non-Muslims to leave Pakatan Rakyat. We (in the MCA) challenge them to do so.”
Dr Chua, however, doubted that DAP would make such a move.
“They dare not. They are all political eunuchs when they deal with Pas. I call them modern political eunuchs,” he said after opening the Perak Wanita MCA and Youth conventions, here, yesterday.
Dr Chua, who is also Perak MCA chairman, said DAP chairman Karpal Singh was the only leader who had consistently opposed Pas’ hudud plan.
When asked about DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s silence despite being vocal opponents to hudud in the past, Dr Chua said: “They are just political eunuchs as far as influencing Pas is
concerned. We don’t believe DAP can influence Pas on the policy direction (of hudud).”
Hudud is a term used in syariah to describe the class of punishment for crimes such as theft, fornication and adultery, consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants and apostasy.
In recent weeks, Pas leaders have said that setting up an Islamic state and enforcing hudud were the party’s religious obligation and, therefore, non-negotiable.
"Implementing hudud is the only way to curb crime and social ills," the New Straits Times had qouted Penang Pas Youth chief Mohd Yusni Mat Piah as saying last week.
The statements have come under fire from Pas' Pakatan Rakyat allies in Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP, who claim that the hudud issue was not part of the alliance's joint policy.
Karpal had recently urged Pas leaders to pursue the welfare state, an ideal endorsed by Pakatan.
On the MCA candidates' list, Dr Chua said the list of 390 names had been submitted to Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He said three names were submitted for each seat.
"We go by what Najib has been saying of winnable candidates. Winnable candidates are not necessarily the president's men. The most important thing is that he or she is who the rakyat want."
He also appealed to the younger generation to make a comparison between what had been implemented by BN and Pakatan Rakyat.
"The prime minister has given a clear direction of growth for this country and his transformation programmes have started to bear fruit.
"Pakatan Rakyat's ideas are basically populist policies of dishing out goodies but never telling us where the resources are coming from."
He said these policies were akin to pawning the nation to obtain votes.
"The rakyat should be wary. The future generations would have to bear the burden of the populist policies. We will become bankrupt in two years under Ubah (the opposition's election slogan 'Change')."
He advised MCA members to be confident, saying the people would choose a party that delivered and not one which only gave empty promises.