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MCA and MIC say they will only accept PAS into BN if the Islamist party drops its hudud agenda.
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MCA is ready to accept the cooperation between PAS and Umno but will oppose any attempts to bring the Islamist party into the Barisan Nasional fold.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said it was opposed to PAS’ hudud agenda and the party would block PAS from joining BN if it did not abandon its agenda.
Speaking to reporters after an event in Subang Jaya earlier today, news reports had quoted Liow as saying it would not question or interfere in Umno’s party matter.
“But if it (Umno) wants to bring PAS into BN, it must be discussed in BN.
“We will definitely go against it. We will voice our thoughts and ideas,” he reportedly said, adding that this was the party stand unless PAS abandoned hudud,
He was responding to the recent olive branch extended by Umno to PAS to cooperate.
Meanwhile, MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam had also said that the Indian party’s stand was similar to MCA.
He said while it was not opposed to cooperation with PAS, it was a totally different matter if it wanted to formally enter BN.
He said cooperation could exists between parties for political expediency but it was still premature to decide on this as there was nothing formal at the moment.
He added that MIC was also against hudud implementation and would oppose its entry into BN as long as it did not abandon its agenda.