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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | MYT 1:19 PM

Motion to condemn Comango rejected

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat has rejected an emergency motion to condemn the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs (Comango) for its demands to the United Nation Human Rights Council which were against the Federal Constitution and Islam.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee said although the issue was specific in nature and of public interest, there was no urgency to allow it to be debated as the issue had been widely discussed.

"The Government is clear that it will not compromise with any party that is against the Federal Constitution or those who are against the Islamic syariah laws of the country," he said when explaining his decision to reject the motion moved by Datuk Seri Noh Omar (BN-Tanjung Karang) in Parliament Wednesday.

Kiandee said that Wisma Putra and Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department had addressed the issue when it was highlighted by the group.

Earlier, Noh, when tabling the motion under Standing Order 18(1), told Parliament that Comango had made demands with regard to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual movement and abolition of laws to allow Muslim to renounce their religion.

"Comango demands are clear in that they do not respect the position of Islam as the Federal religion in line with Article 3(1) and 11 of the Constitution.

"They have interfered and challenged the sanctity of Islam," Noh added.

He said that even PAS lawmakers, particularly Nasruddin Hassan (PAS-Temerloh), had voiced their protest against Comango.

Later, in the Parliament lobby, Noh said he accepted Kiandee's decision to reject the motion.

However, he said it should have been allowed as even several Opposition MPs from PAS had voiced their protest against Comango.

He called upon the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to investigate the group made up of 53 non-governmental organisations, of which Noh claimed only 12 were registered bodies with the ROS.

Tags / Keywords: Government , Parliament , Comango , United Nations

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