MCA Publicity Bureau chairman Datuk Chai Kim Sen says the leaked WhatsApp message suggested that PAS wants to pursue a racist and extremist agenda.
The recently leaked WhatsApp message from a PAS chat group is proof the Islamist party was never sincere about protecting the rights of ethnic and religious minorities.
In claiming so, MCA Publicity Bureau chairman Datuk Chai Kim Sen said the silence from PAS’ spiritual adviser Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat and party president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang over the fiasco was “very damning”.
Chai pointed out that the duo were vocal in their support for Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to remain as MB.
“The leaked WhatsApp message suggested that leaders within PAS want out of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact and to pursue a racist and extremist agenda which will completely negate the rights of non-Muslims,” Chai said in a statement.
He was commenting on PAS’ Research Centre operations director Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki’s leaked WhatsApp conversation three days ago in a “PAS central committee members’ chat group”.
Mohd Zuhdi had suggested that the Islamist party join forces with Umno to form a government in Selangor with a simple majority.
Mohd Zuhdi also said that if DAP, the church and non-Muslims continued to harp on religious raids or the Allah issue, PAS could then just “swat” them away, adding that his scenario could also return Malay-Muslim political power in the state.
On a related matter, Chai said that PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa must realise that irrespective of how Mohd Zuhdi had written or presented the messages, it was the content which hinged on race and extremism that “was the crux of the issue”.
Chai, who is also MCA deputy national organising secretary, was commenting on Husam’s statement that Mohd Zuhdi must bear full responsibility for his “analysis”.
Earlier today, The Malaysian Insider quoted Husam as saying that PAS should not be dragged into the issue and that he (Husam) was not part of the chat group.
The WhatsApp message expose came at the height of the Selangor Menteri Besar saga in which Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is embroiled in.
While two Pakatan Rakyat allies — DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) — have voiced support for PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to be named as Abdul Khalid’s successor, PAS has thrown its support behind Abdul Khalid to be retained.