KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9, 2014:
MCA has questioned Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah’s statement yesterday that the state government had not issued approvals for the Oktoberfest events.
Ean Yong had also said that any permit to be issued would be under the jurisdiction of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).
MCA Selangor state liaison committee secretary Ng Chok Sin said that Ean Yong was confusing the public over his statement, which also contradicted an earlier statement given by DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua.
“Is DAP’s Local Government exco Ean Yong Hian Wah secretly supporting PAS by contradicting the earlier statement by Tony Pua?
“If his statement was done with the intention of helping the event organisers by referring them to MBSA so that they can submit the relevant application forms and paperwork, then it is fine,” said Ng.
However, Ng added, it was clear that Yong “has no guts” to stand up to PAS and defend non-Muslim rights as he said the state government would not interfere if the event organisers fulfilled certain conditions.
“This is utter nonsense. As he is the head of the local government in Selangor, he should have the right to approve the Oktoberfest event.
Ng said if it was up to MBSA, they would support PAS’ decision by preventing the beer festival from being held, coupled with a three-month freeze on the event’s advertisements.
Ng said unlike Ean Yong, Pua was consistent in condemning the local government for attempting to deny non-Muslims the right to participate in Oktoberfest.
“Thus, I strongly urge Tony Pua to take immediate action against Ean Yong for his contradictory statement, and to urge MBSA to withdraw the ban on advertisements to prove that DAP is capable of being accountable to the people.”
With regards to the Oktoberfest issue, Pua said that it should not offend the sensitivities of the country’s Muslim community, as it was targeted at non-Muslims.
The Petaling Jaya Utara lawmaker also said that it was common for non-Muslims to celebrate events with alcoholic beverages and that they had the lawful right to do so.
Meanwhile, PAS had demanded that the state government ban the public event.