Karpal to MCA: Stop Chinese political opera

By Athi Shankar, FMT

GEORGE TOWN: The DAP today slammed MCA for attempting to become ‘Chinese champion’ just as the next general election is around the corner.

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh chided MCA’s criticism that DAP had been quiet on the recent religious raid on a multi-faith dinner held at a church last week.

He said DAP had has always refrained from commenting prematurely on such incidents until proper investigations have been carried out to disclose the truth.

“We won’t comment or blame anyone without evidence,” Karpal stressed.

He hit back at MCA for saying that DAP had been quiet due to fear of backlash from Pakatan Rakyat ally, PAS.

He blasted MCA of being interested only to fish votes by playing the ethnic card and staging Chinese political opera.

“MCA should stop trying to champion the Chinese cause due to pending elections,” he told newsmen during routine rounds in his Bukit Gelugor parliamentary constituency.

Karpal was refering to Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s (JAIS) raid on a dinner last Wednesday at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) in Petaling Jaya.

Selangor exco Dr Hasan Ali of PAS justified the raid claiming there was evidence of proselytisation towards Muslims during the church event.

The raid saw JAIS and Hasan coming underfire from various quarters. MCA was among the first to jump in to criticise the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government, and the party took the chance to hit out at DAP for not being vocal against JAIS and Hasan.

Hasan overreacted

Karpal today slammed the overzealous attitude of Hassan, who is in charge of charge of the state Islamic religious affairs.

He said Hassan had obviously overreacted to justify the raid without first finding out the truth.