Will Najib drop Islamophobic MCA in cabinet reshuffle?

June 2, 2016 at 10:44 am 24 comments

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai’s scream of “No-ooo-oo” was splashed on the J-Star front page earlier this week.

He was voicing the objection by his party to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Amendment Bill tabled in Parliament by PAS president Hadi Awang.

BELOW: Sunday Star banner headline on May 29

jstar 29 May 2016

A day earlier on Saturday (May 28), Liow had said MCA “cannot support any bill which could lend itself to ‘great inconsistency, injustice and inequality’.”

MCA proclamation against the hudud “injustice” was also J-Star front page news.

And the day before that (Friday, May 27), Liow similarly hogged the J-Star front page to declare that Malaysia is facing a potential “national crisis”. The paper quoted him as saying the incipient constitutional crisis stemming from Hadi’s bill “will ruin the inter-ethnic relationship in the country” — see below.

jstar 27 May 2016

MCA leading revolt against Prime Minister

Even before any Parliamentary debate or legal feedback from the AG and the bench, a BN component party has already decided that Hadi’s “hudud bill” is unconstitutional.

In tandem, the MCA-owned media worked itself into a lather against the possibility of Malaysia becoming an Islamic state.

MCA is galvanizing key Chinese organizations – Hua Zong, Dong Zong, the Chinese Assembly Halls, Chinese Chambers of Commerce, etc – to smack down Hadi’s proposed amendments to syariah criminal jurisdiction.

Liow, along with two of his fellow MCA ministers Wee Ka Sioing and Ong Ka Chuan, have threatened to resign their cabinet posts if Hadi’s bill were to be passed. This is an act of open rebellion against the BN chairman.

Of late MCA has been opposing Umno at every turn whenever the parti Melayu tries to adopt a more Islamic approach.

The confrontational behaviour of the MCA has prompted Isma to label the BN Chinese party as “anti Islam” (see above).

MCA is confused and has irrational fear of Islam

Ridhuan Tee has also charged that MCA’s anti Islam outlook is the reason which prompted him to quit the party.

It is bizarre to recall how various of the Chinese party’s leaders had been constantly slamming Ridhuan — a case of MCA attacking its own life member albeit a Muslim one.

Bad MCA ex-member who is “extremist and racist”

Wanita MCA chief Heng Seai Kie in fact describes Ridhuan as “extremist and racist”, and adding that “he was not an exemplary member”.

Her press statement can be read @ ‘MCA’s so glad Ridhuan Tee is out’ (The Heat Malaysia, 31 May 2016).

Heng’s allegations are equally bizarre. Does she consider Ridhuan to be anti-Chinese racist? If so, why did he bother to sign up for life membership with the Malaysian CHINESE Association?

Bad Ridhuan who is unlike party’s Malay-speaking Baba founder

Heng further accuses Ridhuan of not being able to “comprehend the vision and mission of MCA ie as in the words of our founder Tun Sir Tan Cheng Lock ‘to help, in cooperation with the Malays and other communities, the development of the process of making the whole of Malaya one country, one people and one government’.”

Is the Wanita MCA boss claiming that her party people have cooperated with the Malays better than Ridhuan has cooperated with the Malays? Her claim is not very convincing in light of MCA’s manic reaction to the hudud desired by PAS and perhaps by some sections in Umno.

If MCA is really so eager to cooperate with the Malays as claimed by Heng, why not at least be more understanding (open to the Muslim point of view) about hudud which is wanted by many Malays?

Bad Muslim ex-member who supports syariah enhancement

Heng opined that “all our citizens and the country have the most to lose socially and economically if any religious extremism prevails”.

So according to her, enhancing syariah is equivalent to promoting religious extremism.

She additionally declared that “Malaysia cannot afford to descend the slippery road like in Syria or Pakistan”. Actually, Heng provides us an interesting insight into the MCA mindset, i.e. its belief that Malaysia will descend the slippery road like in Syria or Pakistan should Parliament pass Hadi’s bill to enhance syariah.

Pakistan suffers from the flare-up of religious riots now and again. Pakistan also carries out the death sentence on Christians for blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad.

Meanwhile, Syria is a war-torn country and its refugees are flooding Europe. Is Heng suggesting that Malaysia will be torn by civil war and our Jerusubang refugees fleeing to Tasmania if Hadi’s proposed syariah amendments are adopted?

Heng insists that the attempted blackmail of Najib by MCA is the party’s move “to safeguard the spirit of moderation of our beloved country” as well as to protect the federal constitution.

Ridhuan bad and religious, MCA good and secular

She insists moreover, “We are a SECULAR country with Islam as the official religion” (capital-letter emphasis is Heng’s).

Heng, the MCA and its J-Star media are wrong on both counts.

Firstly, we’re not a secular country. We’re a Muslim country.

We practise syariah law. PAS wants hudud.

A secular country does not uphold religious law and neither does a secular country have Sultans and the YDP who swear an oath to uphold Islam. A secular country does not favour one faith over another, and neither does a secular country privilege any religion.

Secondly, Islam is not the “official” religion. Instead, Islam is THE religion of the federation.

A country can have more than one official religion just as a country can have more than one official language. Switzerland, for example, has four national languages. India has two official languages — Hindi and English.

The status of Islam as THE religion of the federation means it is ‘the’ one and only faith characterizing Malaysia. Islam does not share its exalted status with any other religion in Malaysia although some Christians are hoping that one day Christianity might become an official religion too.

MCA is judge, jury and executioner

Heng concludes her defence of MCA’s opposition to the Hadi Awang bill by saying, “Being infused with Islamic values is OK as they have universal good practices! But we absolutely cannot have two judicial systems –  it is unjust and messy”.

But what if certain values are particular to Islam alone and cannot pass Heng’s “universal good practices” test?

Would she then impose her and MCA’s criteria of universalism to arbitrate on which aspects the Muslims can or cannot “infuse” into their syariah implementation?

gunting star dalam lipatan

MCA and its Scissorati are Gunting dalam Lipatam

Ridhuan Tee made a valid point when he said that he understood the Malay psyche better than MCA leaders, and that as an ustaz he was prepared to help his erstwhile political party bridge their woeful conceptualization of Islam.

But rather than taking up his offer to assist, MCA chose to join hands with the Dapster-evangelistas to bash him relentlessly.

With the MCA frenzy against Hadi’s bill, Ridhuan finally reached his tipping point and conclusion that MCA is anti Islam.

MCA’s reaction to Ridhuan quitting the party is gladness and good riddance to him.

Little does MCA know that the majority of Umno Malays feel the same about them, i.e. gladness and good riddance and a feeling that the BN Chinese component really can’t leave soon enough.

A couple of ex-Umno ministers have even questioned the loyalty of MCA’s machinery to BN. Former Info Minister Zainuddin Maidin once said,

“Saya juga dengan secara ikhlas memohon Presiden MCA yang baru Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai yang saya kenal sebagai seorang yang moderate supaya melihat kembali sikap akhbar MCA The Star agar tidak terus menjadi suara parti yang menggunting dalam lipatan.”

There’s a rumour that Najib is going to reshuffle his cabinet following the death of one deputy minister not too long ago in a helicopter crash.

MCA is proving itself the biggest impediment to perpaduan ummah. Too many from among the Umno voter base are beginning to believe that MCA is (being influenced by its Nest of Evangelistas to be) anti Islam.

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  • 1. Orang Perlis  |  June 2, 2016 at 11:56 am

    so do you think Najib will grow some balls this time ?:P

    And no, in 1MDB cases he didnt grow balls, he was being slick… ;)

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    • 2. Helen Ang  |  June 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      (1) I don’t think Najib will drop MCA unless the party does something really drastic. I can’t imagine anything drastic that MCA can do which would warrant sacking.

      In any case, Najib has not taken action against the MCA media for backstabbing BN on the eve of GE13.

      (2) I don’t reckon the MCA flap is a ‘sandiwara’ as some Melayu DAP blogger would try to mislead readers to believe. If there’s any pakat, it’s not between MCA and Umno but between Umno and PAS.

      MCA has been left out of the loop in this one.

      (3) Najib would, in my guess, try and cut a separate deal with Adenan and PBB. Sarawak might be given more autonomy as a trade-off so that the Christian-majority state across the South China Sea feels somewhat insulated from hudud.

      He’s done it before with the 10-point solution for ‘Allah’ which only applied to Sabah and Sarawak.

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      • 3. tebing tinggi  |  June 2, 2016 at 5:42 pm

        Will Najib ?.

        Never see that he would dare , well he did dare to drop Mahyudin and Shafiee Afdal and don’t forget Gahni Patail too ,where all are Malays and within UMNO.

        To drop MCA ,Gerakan and MIC ?, he won’t even dare to touch The star ,or probably he don’t read The star and all in PMO didn’t read too.

        The Chinese know’s this ,that why the have the gut to ‘dare’ Najib ,and the rest of UMNO are quiet . We didn’t herd anything from Ahmad Maslan ,Nazri ,Rahman Dahlan ,or even Anuar Musa.

        Setiausha BN was quiet too .

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    • 4. Penuh kebencian  |  June 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      This auntie dot know she want too..Orang Perlis.
      Dia nak hudud untuk orang melayu supaya Najib boleh sebat anak gadis kita.
      Dia benci Ridhuan Tee dulu skg dah sayang. Tee kutuk MCA dia kutuk MCA. Tee sokong hudud, dia sokong hudud.
      Dia benci Mc, dia benci DAP.
      Hmm nampaknya Ridhuan Tee perempuan ni aka Helen suka benci orang itu dan ni.
      Jangan hidup penuh kebencian Helen.
      Jangan layan sangat…
      Tak boleh pakai…punya Cina juga…tak tahu apa dia hendak,

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  • 5. Mohd said  |  June 2, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    No problem helen.all malay n muslim will vote pas in every seat mca contest.lets see the malay n muslim sunami in the next elction.i hope it will come true.

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    • 6. Melayu Malaysia  |  June 2, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Especially in Malay majority areas where MCA/MIC/Gerakan is contesting.

      A leader should not blurt out without caution and thinking. Terlajak perahu and terlajak kata are two sayings which many should adhere to, especially politicians.

      Wanting to be hero/heroes but the timing was not right. Should there be a wiser leader than those who rant and rave?… At least let the gurkhas/soldiers do the shouting and the captains have the last word. Silly, actually

      Malunya ada pemimpin sebegitu.

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  • 7. dato abdul rahman b mohd noor  |  June 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    apart from acheh that implements a limited version of shariah law, Indonesia which has the largest muslim population has made pancasila their basis of nationhood. (I reckon our rukun Negara is almost similar). president jokowi has declared her birth on 1st jun a national holiday.

    being a practicing muslim n had the bad xperience of witnessing d mayhem of 13th may ’69 first hand, I totally agree that shariah law (hudud) is light years away from being implemented in Malaysia. ( a letter that tun m wrote 2 tuan guru nik Aziz yrs ago xplains it in simple terms). that does not mean that we should not strive 2 get guidance from Allah swt so that it wld eventually b implemented insya’allah. however the struggle ( jihad) must begin wthin oneself first. implementation that is wrought wth political xpendiency n cunningness wil never work.

    wth regards 2 the impending cabinet reshuffle, I m of d opinion that najib shld consider recusing himself very seriously. this is what good judges do when their presence may compromise d situation. forget abt what other people want. just b a man n face d consequences as best u can. There is no 2 way abt it – THE RAZAK FAMILY NAME IS AT STAKE. the way I see it now, only divine intervention wil help preserve it.

    being a pekan born myself , I m seriously thinking of offering myself as a candidate in d pekan parliamentary seat in d coming GE if I can find a suitable political platform. I know that it is a daunting task but after consulting leaders in n outside UMNO n wth all d xperience, xposure n relevant info that I hv gathered I think success is wthin reach – insya’allah.

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  • 8. Jade Emperor  |  June 2, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    “Ridhuan Tee made a valid point when he said that he understood the Malay psyche better than MCA leaders, and that as an ustaz he was prepared to help his erstwhile political party bridge their woeful conceptualization of Islam.”

    Ridhuan Tee would do better to sieve out the spurious dogma from the authentic teachings of Prophet Muhammad in his own religion..

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    • 9. Keris  |  June 3, 2016 at 12:48 am

      “All humans are dead except those who have knowledge; and all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds; and those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere (speaks and does what his reason understands and his heart certifies); and those who are sincere are always in a state of worry.”
      -Imam Al-Shafi‘i

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  • 10. What Is This  |  June 2, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Najib will keep them. Najib is in fact a very pro Chinese PM. Jho Low is one very good example of Najib being so generous to the Chinese community. Ah not to mention that under Najib’s premiership 1MDB sold Edra and Bandar Malaysia to China based corporations lol.

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    • 11. aristocratic lexicon  |  June 2, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      “O God, that one borne noble should be so base, his GENEROUS blood to scandal all his race.”

      from: “No-body, and some-body. With the true chronicle historie of Elydure” 1st edition, 1606 (1 vol.).

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  • 12. Frog  |  June 2, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    If only he’d drop you instead. The country will start its path to healing and recovery.

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  • 13. drinho  |  June 2, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Helen,

    re: Will Najib drop Islamophobic MCA in cabinet reshuffle?

    1. Is it wrong or illegal to be Islamophobic?

    2. If the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Amendment Bill by Hadi comes to voting stage, can non Umno MPs vote against the Bill?

    3. The Bill is not to implement hudud but to increase the quantum of punishments that can be meted out by Syariah Courts. If Umno MPs that vote against the Bill is deemed as “Islamophobic”, what about Umno then? Umno didn’t table the Bill as official government bill and despite holding power since Merdeka, no efforts are made to strengthen Syariah Courts in terms of the quantum of punishments. Aren’t these also equal to “Islamophobic” on the part of Umno?

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    • 14. Helen Ang  |  June 2, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      re: “Is it wrong or illegal to be Islamophobic?”

      Almost all of MCA’s Parliament and DUN seats are in Malay-majority areas. Their YBs are representing Malay voters.

      re: “If the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Amendment Bill by Hadi comes to voting stage, can non Umno MPs vote against the Bill?”

      The non-Umno MPs will definitely not vote for the bill. Sin Chew is right to forecast that any voting will split according to religious lines.

      re: “Umno didn’t table the Bill as official government bill and despite holding power since Merdeka”

      Haven’t you heard that Najib is a liberal? So is Tun.

      I used to think that “liberal doses”-Marina was the odd one out in her family. Now I realise that the fruit does not fall far from the tree — she takes after her dad.

      re: “no efforts are made to strengthen Syariah Courts in terms of the quantum of punishments. Aren’t these also equal to ‘Islamophobic’ on the part of Umno?”

      Don’t be disingenuous. I personally don’t want to see hudud implemented either but I don’t react like the way MCA is reacting.

      More and more Malays are publicly calling out MCA as anti-Islam.

      Calvin Sankaran made a good point. While DAP evangelistas are playing smart by being tight-lipped over this Hadi initiative, MCA is mouthing off like a loose cannon.

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      • 15. drinho  |  June 2, 2016 at 9:44 pm

        re: Almost all of MCA’s Parliament and DUN seats are in Malay-majority areas. Their YBs are representing Malay voters.

        Irrespective of the above, will that prevent anyone from being “Islamophobic”? After all, it is a democratic country. MPs are free to vote yes or no on a Bill. So does the voters. Let MCA face the voters in the these Malay-majority areas.

        re: Haven’t you heard that Najib is a liberal? So is Tun.

        So you agree that Najib, Tun and by extension Umno are Islamophobic?

        re: I personally don’t want to see hudud implemented………….

        Not hudud. But to strengthen Syariah Courts in terms of the quantum of punishments that can be meted out.

        re: More and more Malays are publicly calling out MCA as anti-Islam.

        Why can’t a person take an ‘anti-Islam’ stand if the stand is based on the Fed Con? Read the Q&A below to see the hurdles to be faced before hudud can be implemented?

        http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2016/06/01/menjawab-10-salah-faham-mengenai-ruu-akta-mahkamah-syariah/

        Looking at the hurdles, isn’t it better to just nip in the bud on any attempt to implement hudud? This will include the Bill to strengthen Syariah Courts tabled by Hadi?

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        • 16. Helen Ang  |  June 2, 2016 at 9:50 pm

          If you believe the many hurdles are insurmountable, then MCA should have played it cool and not get so hysterical.

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          • 17. drinho  |  June 3, 2016 at 9:44 am

            re: If you believe the many hurdles are insurmountable, then MCA should have played it cool and not get so hysterical.

            I agree with you.

            Looking at another perspective. it reveals the hypocrisy of Umno. Umno is pretending to support strengthening of Syariah Courts and its eventual implementation of hudud by allowing the tabling of Hadi’s bill. If Umno is sincere, they should do as below:-

            1. table the bill using government/cabinet official channel, not by way of Hadi’s private member bill,
            2. put the bill at the top of agenda, not at the last,
            3. ensure sufficient info and time are given to all MPs and let voting on the bill be done asap,
            4. ensure all BN MPs vote for the bill,
            5. thereafter, move a motion to amend the FedCon.

            You said MCA is hysterical but at least their intention is well known (i.e rejecting the Bill). At least MCA is honest. Umno is pretentious and hypocrite. Pretend to support the Bill without real action to ensure the same is materialize. Only good at giving lip service.

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            • 18. Helen Ang  |  June 3, 2016 at 10:27 am

              re: “Looking at another perspective. it reveals the hypocrisy of Umno.”

              At least with Umno, it is a parti Melayu Islam sleeping with a parti Islam Melayu.

              DAP is most hypocritical of all — an evangelical party that loathes Islam wearing two face.

              re: “Umno is pretending to support strengthening of Syariah Courts and its eventual implementation of hudud by allowing the tabling of Hadi’s bill.”

              DAP pretended to support hudud and told Chinese voters during GE13 that the community need not be afraid of hudud if they’re not criminals and had no intention to steal or rob.

              re: “If Umno is sincere, they should do as below:- table the bill using government/cabinet official channel, not by way of Hadi’s private member bill”

              It is Hadi’s idea. Why steal credit and his thunder?

              re: “put the bill at the top of agenda, not at the last”

              Protocol and procedure. Gomen business comes first.

              re: “ensure sufficient info and time are given to all MPs and let voting on the bill be done asap”

              Wait for Oct … at Hadi’s own request.

              re: “ensure all BN MPs vote for the bill”

              MCA is anti Islam. Maybe Umno will sack MCA, we hope.

              re: “thereafter, move a motion to amend the FedCon”

              What’s the rush?

              re: “You said MCA is hysterical but at least their intention is well known (i.e rejecting the Bill).”

              Unlike the DAP snake.

              rer: “At least MCA is honest.”

              Unlike the DAP evangelista vipers.

              re: “Umno is pretentious and hypocrite.”

              DAP is most pretentious and hypocritical of all.

              re: “Pretend to support the Bill without real action to ensure the same is materialize.”

              Agree to disagree in Pakatan manifesto, konon.

              re: “Only good at giving lip service.”

              Outright deceit by DAP against PAS. Such treachery.

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              • 19. drinho  |  June 3, 2016 at 12:49 pm

                re: At least with Umno, it is a parti Melayu Islam sleeping with a parti Islam Melayu.

                So you agreed Umno is hypocrite?

                re: DAP pretended to support hudud and told Chinese voters during GE13 that the community need not be afraid of hudud if they’re not criminals and had no intention to steal or rob.

                Nothing wrong right? If hudud really comes into force, Muslims that steal will be subject to hudud and non-Muslims are subject to penal code.

                re: It is Hadi’s idea. Why steal credit and his thunder?

                Any MP can give idea on how to improve gomen institution. It is the duty of the gomen of the day to study the idea in detail and do the necessary. As an ordinary MP without cabinet post and access to gomen machinery and funding, how Hadi is able to do all that? Burden is on the gomen to make it a reality.

                re: Protocol and procedure. Gomen business comes first.

                Yes, I said earlier. Adopt Hadi’s billl as official gomen bill. Then priority is given. Not by way of private member bill.

                re: MCA is anti Islam.

                Is it wrong to be “anti Islam” in order to defend the Fed Con? Which one takes priority or more superior over another? Islam or Fed Con?

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      • 20. tebing tinggi  |  June 2, 2016 at 10:14 pm

        re ,Haven you heard that’s Najib is a liberal ? ,so is Tun.

        All Malaysian PM are liberals ,and UMNO is a liberal party ,that why the raciest Chinese can threatened them and don’t forget Malays are very much liberal minded , the Chinese can dictate them .
        If the Malays are raciest ,they might have go berserk by now and the Chinese know this .

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        • 21. Jade Emperor  |  June 3, 2016 at 8:31 am

          It is no use thinking all Chinese are one people. They have fought great wars against one another. Good versus Bad.

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  • 22. hudud untuk siapa?  |  June 2, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I have a feeling that hudud if implemented is for the rakyat biasa dan bawahan sahaja, not the golongan ‘elitis’.

    If you want me to support hudud, first implement it on Najib and his ilk for the 1MDB scandal. If not then it is hypocrisy and just a way to subjugate the rakyat biasa

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  • 23. kampong lad  |  June 3, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Sekarang ni di malaysia hudud dah ada atau belum?

    Pastikan jalan2 dipekan kota bahru sentiasa bersih dulu. Dan jgn terlalu berahi nak hukum orang.

    Parti2 politik dok main wayang kulit, kalau tok dalang sorang biasa la, tapi belambak, jadi skrip berteraboq.

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  • 24. Vincent Ang Giap Hor  |  June 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Where to find so many halal dogs for PUS-UMNO other than parties like the MCA or Gerakan. Helen, you are slipping.

    Reply

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