MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has reiterated the party’s objection to Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 amendment or commonly referred to as Hadi’s Bill. He says there are contrasting reports on MCA’s stand on the Bill.
“MCA remains firmly opposed to any Bill, which it believes to run counter of the spirit and letter of our Federal Constitution. As Hadi’s Bill now stands, we regard it to be in such a position,” he says in a statement issued today.
“Our opposition has nothing to do with the fact that it is deemed an ‘Islamic” Bill’. We deny categorically that we oppose Islamic-type enactments. It has never been in our agenda.
“The Syariah Courts Act 355 has been in existence for 51 years and MCA has never once touched on this enactment in any form or manner.”
Liow says MCA’s position has remained the same ever since this issue surfaced and it wants to make crystal clear that it will not entertain any more speculations on this subject.
He was quoted by a news portal yesterday as saying he party did not oppose the PAS’ private bill seeking to empower the Syariah courts
“I think there have been a lot of misunderstandings, saying that we oppose the bill. We just want it to be implemented according to the constitution.
“This is important to maintain the spirit of the constitution of our country. Therefore, when a bill does not follow the spirit of the constitution, we hope it will be corrected,” he was quoted as saying.
Another news portal reported him as saying MCA will not vote for it, unless a similar Bill is moved by the government.
“If the government moves a similar bill, they will do it based on the spirit of the Federal Constitution, and so I will vote for it. But as to the Private Member’s Bill, MCA has stated its stance clearly, which is we will vote against it,” he was quoted as saying then.
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online