Karpal quizzed on PM choice

(The Star) – The MCA has taken Karpal Singh to task over a statement by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be prime minister should the Pakatan Rakyat alliance take over the Federal Government.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said he wanted to know if Karpal, the DAP national chairman, would support and stand by Lim’s statement that the PKR adviser would be the prime minister.

“Since Lim has expressed his views, we want to find out if Karpal and PAS are united in their views as well.

“I recall that, not long ago, Karpal had wanted Anwar to resign as Opposition Leader,” Dr Chua said after launching the 39th students’ excellence award of SJK(C) Ai Chun here on Wednesday.

He was earlier asked whether he thought non-Muslims should first convert to Islam if they wanted to be deputy prime minister should Pakatan administer the country.

The question followed reports quoting Anwar that a Chinese could be considered for the deputy prime minister’s spot should Pakatan take over the Government.

Dr Chua said Anwar made the remarks because the Chinese are under the impression there will be a Chinese deputy prime minister under a Pakatan-ruled Government.

“So, now I want to know if there is such a thing. Or, do non-Muslims need to convert in order to become deputy prime minister?” he asked, adding that if no proper explanation was given, it could be just another publicity stunt and more political spinning.

Dr Chua also asked the DAP to clarify if hudud law being pursued by PAS would affect non-Muslims.

“If the answer is no, we need to know why? Because, in order to implement hudud, there would be amendments to the Constitution.”

In his speech, Dr Chua said the MCA would continue to suggest to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister ways to improve Chinese schools.

He added that the party was doing its best to bring up issues faced by Chinese schools to the nation’s leaders to find effective solutions.