PONTIAN: MCA’s recent close cooperation with PAS, with Umno playing the role of the ‘middleman’, is nothing but an insincere and hypocritical charter with the sole purpose of winning the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

He said both MCA and PAS leaders’ actions constantly contradicted what they preached, especially when it comes to matters of cooperation between both parties. 

“Insincere. Hypocritical. In front (of the Malays), they claim to champion the Malays, when they come here (Tanjung Piai), (they support) the non-Malays…they only think of winning the by-election,” the Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman said after attending a breakfast session with Tanjung Piai non-governmental
organisations here yesterday. 

Also present were Home Minister and Pakatan Harapan deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Johor Menteri Besar and PH Tanjung Piai parliament by-election machinery director Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal.

The premier was asked on MCA-PAS cooperation, brokered by Umno and viewed by many as odd as both parties (MCA and PAS) had always been at loggerheads with each other and were never able to see eye to eye on many matters, especially those concerning Islam and the Malays. 

This odd coupling became more evident after PAS supported MCA’s move to contest in Tanjung Piai and the Chinese-based party’s election campaign. – Bernama