Kuantan: There should be no interference of political parties in religious affairs in Malaysia as matters of religion are controlled by independent religious institutions which discourages political parties’ encroachment on the authority of Islamic institutions.
These views were shared by central committee member of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), Datuk Ti Lian Ker, in a press conference. He said that MCA respects the position of Islam in the country but does not want political parties to claim authority over religious matters.
He asserted that there are already institutions that have been authorized to regulate Islamic matters and political parties should allow them to perform their duties.
“The public should not confuse political parties with institutions like the National Fatwa Council. No political party should encroach into the jurisdiction and authority of these institutions,” said Ti.
He added that MCA respects the law and the Federal Constitution but will not tolerate political parties that sideline the Islamic institutions by implementing their own version of the law.
He said, “The law that is to be implemented by PAS is inconsistent and not in line with real Islamic law. For example, the PAS spiritual leader has said it will be enforced on non-Muslims as well. Also, a MP has questioned their law which allows husbands to sodomize their wives.”
“From time to time, PAS also amends its law to fit its political agenda. So it cannot be said that PAS law is the same with hudud law,” he added.
Ti, who is also Kuantan MCA chairman, said that the division will continue supporting party President Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek in voicing the people’s concerns on PAS version of hudud.
“It is a flaw to say we cannot comment when a political party wants to legislate laws in whatever form in the name of Islam. It is not right to intimidate or threaten non-Muslims who have questions and want explanations,” he said.
Hundreds of members from 12 Muslim non-governmental organizations had earlier gathered at the Kuantan MCA headquarters and handed over a memorandum demanding that Dr. Chua retract his statements, which they claimed has insulted hudud and Islam.
They also demanded that Dr. Chua apologize publicly to Muslims.
Ti said that he regretted the manner in which the group had gathered with animosity.
He said, “They were shouting aggressively in a very provocative way, demanding that our people to come down and meet them. They can always come up and pass the memorandum to us in a civil manner.”
Ti added that the group should take into consideration that their actions would give the public a negative perception of their religion.
He also slammed the group for being selective when DAP Chairman Karpal Singh himself had also spoken against hudud.
“I would like to advise them not to pick the wrong target. Please do not politicize Islam. It is not sincere when they practice double standards,” Ti concluded.