The MCA has declared it would ensure that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s controversial private member’s Bill to amend Act 355 won’t be debated at the upcoming Parliament sitting.
It president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the party strongly opposed the Bill, which seeks to strengthen the Syariah Courts’ jurisdiction, as it was against the Federal Constitution.
He added that MCA had previously raised the issue of Hadi’s Bill in a meeting with Barisan Nasional (BN) parties.
The Parliament order paper has included Hadi’s Bill to amend Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 as the fourth item to be debated in the sitting.
Would MCA be able to stop the Bill from being debated? How does it work?
PKR Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen says Hadi is now given an opportunity to table his motion early this week at position number four, thanks to the BN.
“Since Hadi Awang is not part of the BN government, he is a ‘private member’ of Parliament, and therefore can only present his amendments to Act 355 via a motion.
“Then the floor will be open to debate his motion. This is not a debate to pass a law, but a debate on Hadi’s motion. After the debate, there will be a vote on who supports or opposes the motion,” he says.
Wong adds that if Hadi has more support at this stage, the motion would then land on the table of the BN government’s representative on Islamic matters.
That representative is Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom from the Prime Minister’s Department.
“Once the motion lands on Jamil’s table, he will then take instructions from (Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak) as Prime Minister on how to proceed.
“At this crucial point, Najib can no longer hide and claim that this is a PAS or Hadi Awang initiative. At this point, it is Najib who has to take full responsibility to push for hudud,” he says.
Wong also says Najib’s dangerous political game in the past few months has allowed Hadi to push the hudud agenda.
“But this will come to an end at this point. It will no longer be Hadi Awang’s bill. At this point, it will become Najib Razak’s hudud bill.
“If Najib agrees to table the hudud Bill, he will then proceed to table it for second and third reading and a final vote is made thereafter. If Najib wins, then the 355 hudud amendments will become law.
“If Najib does not table the Bill, then his romance with Hadi Awang will surely come to an abrupt end,” he adds.
Wong further says what happens next week would have profound political and socio-economic impact.
“What is most worrying is the willingness of those in power to play the hudud card, in an attempt to stay in power at all costs,” he says.
Source : Soo Wern Jun@The Heat Malaysia Online