After several times urging MCA and Gerakan leaders to prove their seriousness in objecting to the hudud bill tabled by Pas last week, DAP today said it was giving 48 hours for the two Barisan Nasional parties to press for an emergency meeting.
DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and the Gerakan President Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong should call for such a meeting to undo Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Azalina Said Othman’s support for Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in tabling the motion.
He said failure to do so meant “meant both the MCA and Gerakan Presidents were privy to the Najib-Hadi plot.”
“There can be no other reason for Liow or Mak not to requisition for an emergency BN Supreme Council meeting to resolve the BN spat over Azalina’s Ministerial motion, when Azalina had acted in violation of the consensus reached by all Barisan Nasional leaders on the same issue in March 2015 as well as the reaffirmation by Cabinet at its meeting on 20th May 2015 of a fundamental Barisan Nasional stand, whether through formal or informal discussion by Cabinet Ministers,” said Lim.
MCA leaders have earlier blamed DAP’s past alliance with Pas as the reason the private member’s bill could see the light of day in Parliament.
Azalina had fast-tracked the tabling of the bill by Marang MP and Paspresident, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. Following this, Liow and Mah expressed surprise that they had not been consulted over the move.
Both have since said they would quit their cabinet posts if the bill was passed.
But Lim said both must now try to undo the action by Azalina and return the coalition to its earlier declaration not to support the Pas bill.
He also warned BN leaders not to create “any artificial national crisis in polarizing Malaysians into Muslims and non-Muslims and distract the country from the real national issues in the country”.
The bill seeks to amend the Shariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, so that the Shariah court is not limited to imposing a maximum sentence of three years’ jail, RM5,000 and six lashes of the cane, which is seen as paving the way for hudud in Kelantan as well as other states wanting to implement Islamic capital punishment.