The Star, Sunday December 30, 2012
By LOSHANA K SHAGAR
KAJANG: The rights of non-Muslims in the country are slowly but surely being eroded and threatened by the Opposition.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, who said this, urged the rakyat to critically evaluate the Opposition's performance since the 2008 general election.
“Our rights as non-Muslims are being threatened under the Opposition, such as the freedom to choose our food, clothes, entertainment and mix with people of the opposite gender,” he told reporters during a dinner organised by Chinese temples in Hulu Langat on Friday night.
Dr Chua cited the closure of the only pig abattoir in Kedah, PAS' objections to various concerts by international artistes and the ruling by the Kota Baru Municipal Council that prohibits hairdressers to attend to those of the opposite gender as examples.
“People say that MCA is talking about small issues, but we are actually addressing issues related to the fundamental rights of Malaysian citizens.
“It is a sad day that DAP only scolds MCA but is largely silent over the matter,” he said, adding that the Opposition's statement that their rulings do not affect non-Muslims is “the biggest lie in the world”.
Dr Chua also urged the Chinese community to think critically on who would become Prime Minister should they vote the Opposition into power.
“We cannot give the mandate to a party which cannot decide who is their candidate for Prime Minister.
“There will be no candidate from DAP, not even for the post of Deputy Prime Minister,” he said.
Dr Chua noted that the Government Transformation Programme implemented by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was showing positive results.
“MCA will continue to expose PAS because its rule is bad for the country, both for Muslims and non-Muslims.
“Barisan Nasional may not be perfect but at least we have given the country a clear direction, while maintaining peace and stability and ensuring economic growth every year,” he said.