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Khalwat – MCA representative lauded

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KOTA BARU  –  The latest controversy of alleged indecent behaviour here shows the importance of having an MCA elected representative, said the party’s central committee member .

He said the PAS Supporters Congress had no legitimacy to represent the Chinese and described them as tools of PAS and calling on them to take responsibility for what was happening.

He added that they were apologists and the incidents had proven the damage caused by these PAS supporters.

“Like the DAP, they tell non-Muslims to vote PAS and say their rights won’t be affected and that hudud won’t affect them. But now, see what has happened,” he added.

Ti also said exco member Datuk Annuar Tan had remained silent, staying away and being totally ineffective.

He added that DAP had run away from the controversy with the exception of Karpal Singh and expressed that what happened in Kota Baru would serve as a reality check to non-Muslims, who still think PAS’ hudud agenda would not affect them.

State MCA secretary Tan Ken Ten said the non-Muslim community in Kelantan had been suffering in silence under the PAS-led government even when their civil rights had been stepped on by vague municipal by-laws.

He added that the Chinese had been silent about this fact for fear of reprisal or because they were worried about a backlash that would affect their livelihood.

“The non-Muslim circles here are business-minded people like any other community outside Kelantan and will adhere to any conditions including their business premise permits.

“But when council officers act way above their authority, it is natural that they will revolt,” he said at the State MCA office yesterday.

Tan said the state government should clearly state the dos and don’ts for the non-Muslim community even if it meant that several amendments should be made to the by-laws.

“As it is, the government has yet to respond and state its official stand on the hair salon controversy even after having discussions with the Kelantan Chinese Chamber of Commerce leaders and other associations. I wonder when this latest issue will be resolved?” he asked.  –  The Star