Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kedah CNY rules will cause opposition losing Chinese support

Chinese New Year guidelines in Kedah will cause the opposition losing Chinese support even PAS distance itself from the issue. 

PAS sought to distance itself from the Chinese New Year guidelines controversy embroiling the Kedah government, saying the issue was purely a state matter and did not involve the party’s central leadership.

“That is the state government’s decision. Nothing to do with the party,” PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar said at a press conference.

Mahfuz, however, refused to address claims the Syura Council ― the party’s highest decision-making body ― was behind the guidelines issued for the 1 Malaysia Chinese New Year event, which included, among other things, the appropriate attire for officials and singers.

The guidelines further stated that performers are encouraged to sing motivational songs and that if extreme singing and dancing activities were to take place; the state government has the right to shut down the programme.

They also banned adult females from appearing onstage for Chinese New Year performances.

Leaders from both sides of the political divide have described the ruling as an infringement on non-Muslim rights.

PAS’s Pakatan Rakyat allies, DAP, had also chided Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak’s government for consistently embarrassing the federal opposition bloc with its conservative policies that it said was alienating voters.

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