MCA today accused DAP of targeting PAS in an effort to "terrorise and scare" Chinese voters ahead of the elections to be held in six states next month.
MCA vice-president Ti Lian Ker also claimed that this had led to racial and religious polarisation, reflected in the trend of Malay support for opposition pact Perikatan Nasional instead of Pakatan Harapan.
In a statement, he predicted that such polarisation would continue and become worse ahead of the state elections, where he said racial and religious sentiments would be exploited in the name of gaining support at the polls.
"Umno is hated by the people, including the Malays, because of the repeated incitement and attacks of DAP, and this has led to the hatred of Umno supporters towards DAP and the Chinese community which, for years, has generally accepted DAP's incitement.
"Suddenly, DAP is working with Umno and has made PAS its target to terrorise and scare the non-Malay voters, particularly the Chinese voters," he said in a statement.
Ti, a former deputy minister of youth and sports as well as national unity, said MCA itself had never used the excuse of PAS being an "extremist party" in order to justify its cooperation with Umno.
He also said that MCA had chosen to refrain from getting involved in disputes which "weaponise" racial and religious sentiments in order to ease the tensions which he said were becoming more apparent in the country.
"MCA does not agree with the use of unity simply in order to obtain votes while at the same time persecuting any other party as the enemy," he said.