Update: Oh ho ho. Did Uncle Kit respond to me? You decide. He has blogged a follow-up elaboration on his Feb 20 statement, see LKS blog Feb 21. — Updated by Helen, 8.10pm
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang issued a statement yesterday saying “BN political chicanery, mendacity and bankruptcy of first order with CSL warning Chinese voters ‘A vote for DAP is a vote for PAS’ while Najib warning Malay voters ‘A vote for PAS is a vote for DAP’.”
Kit Siang claims that the inverse campaign lines by Najib Razak and Chua Soi Lek were “sheer illogicality, insanity and even idiocy”.
On Sunday, Najib had implied that if Malays voted for PAS, it will be its partner DAP sleeping in the same bed with the Islamist party that profits. The prime minister was speaking to 400 delegates at the ‘Himpunan Ulama, Cendekiawan Islam dan Penulis Maya’ in Kuala Lumpur.
Some 24 hours earlier, Chua Soi Lek had said during his televised debate with Lim Guan Eng:
“DAP is different from those days. Today, it has formed an opposition alliance with PAS and PKR. PAS will not easily give up their plans to make Malaysia an Islamic country and implement Hudud law.”
Dr Chua’s claim that DAP has changed is very true. DAP used to be socialist but is now capitalist with a capital ‘C’. And today DAP is the property developers’ new best friend.
But it nonetheless remains a member of the worldwide Socialist International, which aside from full member parties (see screenshot below) has 15 consultative parties and 33 observer parties.
Dr Chua had also said on Saturday:
“When PAS becomes dominant, the opposition will say don’t worry, it will all be good. This is the biggest political lie. Look at Kedah — men and women need to sit separately. No alcohol in Kelantan, no cinema in Bangi. This clearly shows DAP is a slave to PAS.”
Kit Siang describes the MCA president’s implicit warning that DAP will just be a stooge of PAS and the Umno president’s simultaneous warning that PAS will be a puppet of DAP as being “diametrically conflicting canards” which mutually cancel out each other’s message.
The DAP veteran insists that the “contradictory” scenarios painted by the two BN leaders are irrational if not “sheer nonsense”.
I beg to disagree. I’ve blogged before that DAP will stop at nothing to gain the Malay vote, even going to the extent of
- quoting the Quran (by Lim Guan Eng, Nga Kor Ming)
- referring to the Hadith (Ng Suee Lim)
- wearing tudung to suraus and mosques (Hannah Yeoh, Teo Nie Ching)
- opening the 44th annual DAP convention with a doa — a historic first under the ‘Caliph Umar Lim’, and
- many other DAP chameleon gimmicks wearing the Islamic skin
(Related, see Dr Novandri Hasan Basri’s posting: Satu Lagi Video Cina Pakai Ayat Al-Quran Tunggang Langgang Di Ceramah PAS!!)
As a Chinese, I fear that DAP – due to its overweaning ambition to gain Putrajaya at any cost – is more than willing to be complicit in PAS’s hudud push.
Hence Dr Chua speaks for my fears.
Newspaper clipping below: DAP Senai (Johor) state assemblyman Ong Kow Meng says it is good to introduce and implement hudud.
On the other hand, a Malay may fear that PAS in repudiating its long-held aspiration for the Islamic State and replacing with the party aim with a Welfare State has succumbed to the DAP.
Najib speaks for the fears of the Malay. Both fears stem from the same sticky situation, i.e. PAS and DAP pakat-pakat.
Therefore BN Backbenchers Club vice president Abdul Rahman Dahlan is quite right to defend the consistency of both views as reflecting “two sides of same coin”.
Same as I’ve also said that Ridhuan Tee and Hannah Yeoh are similarly two faces of the same Malaysian First role model.
Abdul Rahman Dahlan encapsulated the argument succinctly in his explanation:
“MCA is MCA. Umno is Umno. MCA has its own concerns, same thing with Umno. They were articulating views vis-a-vis DAP and PAS.”
Lim Kit Siang in trying to make out a contradiction is simply putting up a straw man. And his son Guan Eng has still not answered the charge by Chua Soi Lek on DAP’s complicity with hudud.
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