Friday, December 26, 2008

Ong: It’s DAP that needs to boycott by-election

Ong: It’s DAP that needs to boycott by-election
Giam Say Khoon

PETALING JAYA (DEc 26, 2008): MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat says it is the DAP that should boycott the coming Kuala Terengganu by-election following PAS’s unrelenting stand to impose Hudud laws.

Ong posted this in his blog in response to DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang’s call to the MCA not to campaign in Kuala Terengganu’s by -election on Jan 17 over Ong’s alleged lack of stand in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) controversy.

“I think this is Lim’s latest attempt to distract the public from one of the worst conflicts affecting PR following PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa’s Hudud statement. If DAP feels so strongly about Husam’s remarks, it should as a matter of principle, not campaign for the PAS candidate in the by-election.

“By choosing to campaign for PAS would only mean the DAP supports public whipping, amputation and stoning for criminal offences under the Hudud laws. Mere words objecting to Husam’s statement would not suffice if not demonstrated by action.”

Ong said: “When Lim asked the MCA to boycott the by-election campaigning, it merely shows that the DAP is terrified that the MCA will be able to win over the almost 9,000 Chinese voters in the constituency.

“The Chinese, who make up about 11% of the voters there, are said to be the key to Barisan Nasional’s victory. I give my assurance that the MCA will not only work hard to win over the Chinese voters there but will work with its coalition partners to woo voters of all races there.”

Ong also said for Lim to issue two media statements on PKFZ since Sunday and regurgitating on the same old issues showed that the DAP had run out of issues for the by-election.

“While Lim is free to comment, I would like him to be objective as whatever negative perception he is portraying to the public will affect the confidence of the existing and potential investors.

“Instead, he should be reminded that Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim had acknowledged that the PKFZ is a viable project,” he said.

Ong said he had also answered Lim’s queries on PKFZ as early as last May in Parliament. “PriceWaterhouseCoopers is finalising its audit on the corporate governance of PKFZ, among others. I have said that there will be no interference on my part or the government and I stand by my words.

“It is unnecessary to jump the gun before the audit report is released. I have said this many times before but somehow it did not register with Lim who keeps harping on the same issues.”

seals: Or maybe BN should walkover this by-elections, as after 51 years they still cannot deliver results to people, for people.

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