Hornbill Unleashed

February 27, 2017

SUPP, PBS say will vote against Hadi’s Bill

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

According to a report, SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian (pic) said that its sole parliamentarian, Datuk Seri Richard Riot, has been instructed to vote against the private member’s Bill to amend Act 355. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) said they will reject a PAS Bill to enhance Shariah punishments as it was unconstitutional.

Borneo Post Online reported SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian as saying that its sole parliamentarian, Datuk Seri Richard Riot, has been instructed to vote against PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill to amend Act 355, while PBS reportedly made its stand again at a supreme council meeting yesterday.

“Our position is unchanged. It shows the importance of having a strong BN Sarawak, in line with the instruction made by the late chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem last year for all Sarawak BN MPs to vote against Act 355 if it comes to voting in the Parliament,” Dr Sim was quoted as saying.

PBS president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, meanwhile, reportedly said that his party’s decision to reject the Bill was final.

“PBS cannot support the Bill as it goes against the Federal Constitution, and we believe it would have far reaching effects on the non-Muslims,” the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister was quoted as saying.

PBS has four MPs, including Maximus.

Hadi’s Bill, which seeks to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), aims to increase the punishments that Shariah courts can mete out from three years’ jail, six strokes of the cane and an RM5,000 fine to 30 years’ imprisonment, 100 strokes, and an RM100,000 fine.

The Bill has met with strong criticism by various groups, including other Barisan Nasional (BN)

On February 18, PAS had organised a rally at Padang Merbok here together with other Muslim groups to attract support for the Bill.

The Bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament next month.

Source : @ Malay Mail Online



  1. Only PAS and Umno Baru Muslim leaders think they are the messengers of Allah and implementing God’s laws. They are nothing but fraudsters.

    Comment by Mat Som — March 1, 2017 @ 4:31 PM | Reply

  2. The safest and the right thing to do is to vote against all Umno Baru controlled BN components for Parliament seats . Say NO to Umno Baru controlled Putrajaya. Only then we can nail Najib, Rosmah, the IGP, AG and CJ and all involved in 1MDB financial scandals and those leaders, lawmakers and head of institutions for conspiring to steal from the nation and rakyat.

    Comment by Sabri Yaman — February 28, 2017 @ 1:10 PM | Reply

  3. Sarawakians must reject SPDP and Dato’ Seri Tiong King Sing if the party leadership do not make a public stance to reject Act 355 initiated by Hadi Awang of PAS but hijacked and promoted by Najib for their own personal and political expedience.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — February 27, 2017 @ 1:12 PM | Reply

    • Tell that to Najib.

      Comment by MF — February 27, 2017 @ 2:23 PM | Reply

    • Sarawakians must reject PBB too if its president did not instruct all PBB MPs to vote against RUU 355.

      Comment by Mat Som — February 27, 2017 @ 6:21 PM | Reply

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