MCA, Gerakan flay Hadi for turning TPPA into ‘Chinese affair’

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang may have been out to spite DAP when he accused the party of supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) because “the Chinese control trade”, but this has also irked MCA and Gerakan.
In a rare show of common ground, Gerakan deputy youth chief Andy Yong backed the criticism of rival DAP’s P Ramasamy that Abdul Hadi had failed to elaborate on the pros and cons of the TPPA and has instead racialised it.
“I agree with DAP’s Ramasamy where he said rather than coming out with an analysis as to why Malaysians should oppose the agreement, Hadi’s opposition to TPPA is not so much because it has dangerous political, economic and social implications.
“They prefer the racial game instead of constructive discussion or dialogues for a better understanding,” he said in a statement today.
He also directed his criticism at Isma and Perkasa, stating that their method of opposition reflected their “racism mentality”.
Yong said the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) has published several TPPA texts including two cost and benefit analyses which detailed the implications and benefits of the TPPA.
Echoing this was MCA religious harmony bureau chief Ti Lian Ker, who slammed “serban-wearing political hypocrites” for inciting fear among Malays.
“The Malays and Muslims are continuously being fed with the fear of others - ‘fear of Jews’, ‘fear of Americans or westerners’, ‘fear of fellow Malaysians’, etc.
“I am glad many Malaysians have woken up to these racial tauntings and have seen through the trick of using the Chinese as punching bags or bogeymen,” he said.
Ti said all races in the country have benefited from each other and successful Chinese would also benefit the country as a whole.
“Is Hadi happier to see Indonesian traders taking over in Chow Kit Road or Myanmese, Nigerians traders taking over Petaling Street?
“Frankly, I am of the opinion that the national leaders in both the opposition and ruling party should move forward on the TPPA by accepting that the international rules and games have changed tremendously.
“We should all gather our resources and prepare all Malaysians, irrespective of race or religion, to face the new challenges and opportunities provided by the proposed TPPA,” he said.




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