Sunday August 29, 2010
Don’t be too eager to use Islam, Chua tells DAP leaders
By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH and CHAN LI LEEN
MUAR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek urged DAP leaders not to use Islamic platforms in their eagerness to gain support from the Malays.
He said that, of late, some DAP leaders had been using such platforms without knowing the sensitivities of the Muslims.
He said MCA understood their aim of winning support from the Malays but reminded DAP that they should be more careful as they knew very little about Islam and its teachings.
“We don’t want them, in their eagerness to win Malay support, to use Islam by going to the mosques and without being properly attired,” he said after opening a joint Muar, Bakri and Pagoh MCA local councillors’ service centre in Jalan Bakri yesterday.
Last Sunday, DAP Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching landed in hot water after she entered a surau prayer hall in Kajang to deliver a speech without covering her head.
Dr Chua said there were many things in Islam which most Chinese did not understand and actions of some DAP leaders could be misconstrued as Chinese leaders not respecting Islam.
He said this could give rise to a lot of unwanted controversies which certain parties might exploit and turn into racial issues.
Dr Chua said his statement did not refer to any DAP leader in particular.
His statement, he said, was only aimed at urging opposition party leaders to understand the sensitivities of the Muslims.
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