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Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai

MCA president to quit post if BN fail to stop Pas bill

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai today offered to give up his post if the party and other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties failed to stop the private member’s bill on hudud tabled by the Pas president on Thursday.

“If we cannot do it, we will have to sacrifice. I will resign.

“No point for me to stay on anymore, you know. I have to be very firm on this. I was thinking of saying this in the press conference yesterday,” Liow said in remarks quoted by The Star Online.

Liow’s threat comes a day after leaders of four component parties – MCA, MIC, Gerakan and SUPP – expressed disappointment for not being consulted by Umno leaders including Datuk Seri Najib Razak who have voiced support to the Pas bill.

“I’m trying to stop it. I’m trying to get all the component parties to stop it. I am urging both sides of the political divide to come together and stop this Bill,” said Liow.

The bill tabled by Marang MP and Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang 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, paving the way for hudud in Kelantan or other states wanting to implement the Islamic capital punishment.

It is likely to receive support from Umno MPs following the party leadership’s closer ties with Pas leaders in the wake of the conservative victory last year.