MCA is anti-Islam and Umno knows it, says Tee
Ridhuan Tee laments that in his 20 years with the party, MCA leaders never bothered to approach him to get to know Islam better.
(FMT) – Controversial preacher Ridhuan Tee Abdullah today trained his guns on his former party MCA, describing them as “ultra-kiasu” and “anti-Islam.”
He further alleged that MCA members feigned support for the Umno-led government in hopes of obtaining projects from them while secretly opposing the Islamic agenda in general.
“The irony is that DAP is more forthcoming than MCA which is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Umno is lying if it’s not aware of this,” wrote Tee.
Last week, the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin lecturer declared he was quitting the Chinese-based party in protest of its leaders’ opposition to the Private Member’s Bill tabled by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.
Writing in his weekly column in the Malay daily Sinar Harian today, Tee rebuked MCA leaders for not even being aware of his membership after many expressed surprise at this revelation upon his decision to quit.
“They claim they have not seen me at their events. Should all the 1.07 million members attend MCA events? Which hall can accommodate them? Are they fit to lead the nation?”
Calling MCA leaders “ignorant”, Tee said that in his 20 years as a member, he had never been approached by anyone in the party to seek his knowledge in Islam so there could be greater understanding among members of the religion.
He also accused MCA of eyeing Malay-majority constituencies including Gua Musang in Kelantan and added, “If Umno entertains MCA’s request, it will lose more seats, indeed betray the trust of Malay Muslims.
“Why does MCA keep wanting to contest Malay-majority state and parliament seats, when the senatorship can also be the path to cabinet posts?” he asked, urging Umno not to “force Malays to vote for MCA candidates.”
He warned MCA and “other ultra-kiasu parties” not to oppose Hadi’s bill to allow stiffer Shariah penalties and said, “Malays and Islam are one, like flesh and blood. If challenged, there will be repercussions. This is the Malay heart and soul.
“Despite almost 60 years post independence, this sensitivity continues to be ignored. We give them so much face that they have forgotten their place. If I were the PM, I would have long ago pushed the Islamic agenda to be followed by all races, because Islam is the federal religion and a national agenda.
“But this is not the case. Not only do they not understand Islam, they also have not mastered the Malay language.”