Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MCA leaders slam DAP for failing to defend non-Muslim rights in Kelantan

PETALING JAYA: MCA leaders have lashed out at DAP for failing to stand up against PAS for the rights of non-Muslims in Kelantan. Claiming that the state's municipal council by-laws, which forbid female hairdressers from cutting the hair of a male customers and vice versa, threatened the freedom and right to livelihood of non-Muslims, MCA Youth secretary-general Datuk Chai Kim Sen said that DAP should be criticised for failing to safeguard the fundamental rights of non-Muslims. He added that other clauses in the by-laws include an insistence on no cubicles in the shop, that shop doors must remain unlocked at all times, that customers cannot be served drinks, that businesses must stop operations by 10pm and operate only on weekdays, and if a Muslim woman was present in the shop, all male hairdressers and customers must wait outside the salon until she left. “From the regulations above, it is very obvious that the Kelantan state government encroaches into the freedom and livelihood of non-Muslims as their business operations have been greatly hindered,” Chai said in a statement. He challenged DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng to quickly make his position on the matter clear, and not just leave it to party chairman Karpal Singh. MCA national organising secretary- general Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said in a separate statement that he wanted DAP Youth leader Anthony Loke to take responsibility for the problems faced by hair salons in Kelantan, as the latter had previously defended PAS' hudud enactment, thus emboldening them to enforce the controversial by-law. “Anthony Loke once claimed that if a person did not steal or rob, then he or she had no reason to fear the hudud enactment. “He should have spoken up against this regulation. He has forsaken his responsibilities, and helped PAS mislead the non-Muslim community,” he said.

tunku : the chinese community can't rely on dap. dap will not do anything for them. it's all drama in pakatan.

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