Chua: Voting DAP will only help PAS

(The Star) – The DAP has been misleading the Chinese into believing that a vote for the party would help realise their hopes of getting fair treatment and a top Chinese leader.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said many Chinese voters still did not understand that a vote for the DAP was actually a vote for the PKR and PAS, and not to realise their hope.

In fact, he said, a vote for the DAP would help PAS realise its objective of forming an Islamic state and implement its brand of hudud.

Citing Perak as an example, Dr Chua said that DAP won 18 state seats against the six won by PAS and seven by PKR, but the (then) Mentri Besar was Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin from PAS.

Apart from that, Dr Chua said DAP did not fulfil its promises to its Chinese supporters after the last elections.

For instance, he said, Pakatan-ruled states like Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan did not give any land for Chinese schools.

In Selangor, only two out of some 1,500 who were awarded scholarships by the state government were Chinese in 2010, he added.

Besides, many of the elected representatives from the Opposition were also missing in action after the elections, Dr Chua said, adding that MCA leaders ended up having to help the people.

“I have received many complaints from the people on such elected representatives,” Dr Chua said during a Chinese New Year dinner in Bercham here yesterday.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham‘s police report against him yesterday, saying he had accused the DAP of wanting to form a “Chinese state government in Perak”, Dr Chua said it was the DAP’s right to lodge the report.

“In a democracy, the people have the right to bring matters up for discussion. It is up to the rakyat to discuss and decide,” he said.

Dr Chua cautioned the people of DAP’s approach to fish for votes by using Penang where the chief minister is from DAP .

“This is perception by association,” he said, adding that the reality was that the DAP was helping to strengthen PAS, pointing out that Perak and Kedah were good examples after the last elections.

“The Chinese must be very clear that the DAP, PKR and PAS are partners but contest under their own party ticket during the general elections,” Dr Chua pointed out.