Saturday, December 27, 2008

Getting The Math Right For MCA and MIC

The other day, MCA's Chew Mei Fun said that should Pakatan Rakyat takes over the country, hudud laws would be replacing the existing secular laws. And so does Samy Vellu who said that it
is against the sensitivities of the multi-racial community in Malaysia.

MCA president Ong Tee Keat has asked opposition DAP to boycott the Kuala Terengganu by-election campaign as a matter of principle if it is really against PAS' plan. Mr Ong said if DAP chose to help campaign for PAS' candidate in Kuala Terengganu, then it would mean that the party supported public whipping, amputation and stoning for criminal offences under hudud laws.

'Mere words objecting to PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa's statement on the issue would not suffice if not demonstrated by action,' Mr Ong said in his latest posting in his blog.

From The Electric New Paper

From what I look that the statement simply says two things which is implying that MCA and MIC are saying that the Malays are their enemies. But that is too harsh but MCA and MIC should look at the whole point mathematically.

In the last general election, PAS only fielded 60 candidates, which is not even 30% of the 222 Parliamentary seats that are available in Malaysia. In the end, they won only less than half while the remaining of the 82 seats were won by PKR and DAP. Admittedly, Husam Musa said that Hudud laws is not possible to be implemented at national level.

MCA just runs their mouth on behalf of UMNO, and they are helping UMNO to use that sentiment to stir up trouble in the upcoming Kuala Terengganu by-election. If I remember back in 1999, when PAS took over Terengganu, the state government showed an excellent state of racial harmony, opening discussion with their non-Malay minority community there. This also mirrors what Kelantan did. When PAS took over since 1990, the first issue was to address the non-Malays, with Nik Aziz surprised them asking whether they want the permit to build a Hindu temple there. Before 1990, BN would definitely refused outright a permit to build a temple there.

So coming back to the point, MCA and MIC should not be just saying that but should consider the math. There is no way that Hudud laws can be implemented nationwide as there is a check and balance team of PKR, the liberal Malays, and of course the DAP as well as the Indian Malaysian community.

In order to change to hudud laws, there must be a change to the Constitution. If PAS wants to do that, PAS must have 148 of their own MPs alone or including some who agreed to it to change it. Since PAS fielded less than 100 candidates in general-elections, how can MCA / MIC say that they could be implementing hudud laws in Malaysia?

The scenario can also be a double-edge sword. A possible scenario could be that suppose if there are 148 UMNO MPs while others are composed of BN allies / opposition, and if UMNO could do the hudud thing, regardless of the opposition from others.

Samy, Ong, and Chew, first get the math right before you open your mouth!

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