MCA might ditch BN if Umno lends support to hudud, says Wee

MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong speaking at a forum on hudud at the Karangkraf in Shah Alam, May 7, 2014. — Photo by Yusof Mat Isa
MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong speaking at a forum on hudud at the Karangkraf in Shah Alam, May 7, 2014. — Photo by Yusof Mat Isa

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SHAH ALAM, May 7 — MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said today that the party might have to discuss its future in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition should Umno supports PAS’ implementation of hudud in Kelantan.

Even though the offer for PAS to propose two private member’s bills to allow hudud in Kelantan came from Umno’s Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Wee insisted that the controversial Islamic penal law has still not received consensus from the ruling coalition.

“If that happens, then time has come for us to discuss our position in BN,” Wee told a forum on hudud here.

“If we don’t have a consensus anymore, then why should we stay in the same platform?”

Since PAS made public its intention to propose the bills, several Umno MPs have come out saying that they have never opposed hudud, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Jamil, who is the minister in charge of religious affairs, had previously said that Putrajaya is ready to give the green light to any state wishing to implement hudud.

Umno’s Kerteh MP, Tan Sri Annuar Musa, had last month stated that he would be lobbying his fellow party members to ensure the implementation of hudud in his state.

However, Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah insisted today that PAS will not consider allying itself with Umno, even if the latter supports hudud.

Former MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said last month PAS could win Parliament’s nod for its hudud bills as some Umno MPs “will not be able to object” to them due to religious obligations.

This comes as PAS leaders conceded that they were unlikely to receive any support from its Pakatan Rakyat allies, and will turn to political foe Umno for support.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook has since told PAS to consider leaving the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition if it refuses to let up on its renewed push to implement hudud law in Kelantan.

In return, MCA had also dared DAP to leave the opposition pact should PAS continue to implement hudud in Kelantan.

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