KUALA LUMPUR: MCA has lauded the Selangor Barisan Nasional’s decision to withdraw the motion on hudud in the state assembly, saying it truly reflects the principle of mutual respect within the coalition.
Deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said although the motion only required a debate on the probability of the law being implemented, Pakatan Rakyat leaders deliberately misled the public by portraying that it was an intention to implement hudud in Selangor.
In this case, he said, MCA had proven its mettle as a functioning gatekeeper to ensure the effective spirit of Barisan.
MCA opposed the motion, which was tabled by Barisan’s Sungai Air Tawar assemblyman Kamarol Zaki Abdul Malik of Umno, and had been allowed by state Speaker Hannah Yeoh to be debated. It was withdrawn yesterday.
“In the same vein, I urge DAP to play a bigger role within Pakatan to curb PAS from its plan to table a Private Member’s Bill during the September session of the Dewan Rakyat to formally implement its brand of hudud in Kelantan,” Wee said.
“Instead, we see DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang rushing to Kelantan to clarify that DAP did not blame PAS nor hudud for the defeat of its candidate Dyana Sofya in the Teluk Intan by-election. This shows that DAP is so powerless that it cannot even defend its own words and positions,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Selangor MCA vice-chairman Datuk Puan Boon Choon said the latest decision was proof that Barisan continued with its tradition of resolving issues through discussions.
The DAP, on the other hand, he said, was incapable of stopping PAS from going ahead with its plan to push for its brand of hudud.
State Gerakan chairman David Ang Chin Tat, meanwhile, slammed Yeoh for playing politics over the motion.
He said Yeoh had rejected countless Barisan’s motions in the past but chose to allow this.
“Yeoh has brought disrepute to the office of the Speaker by playing partisan politics and thinking as a DAP representative.
“She is not a fair and just arbiter,” he said.
Ang said being a lawyer, Yeoh should have known that the state assembly should not be discussing matters that were not part of the state issues.
“I must also stress that the hudud debate was started by PAS, and not Umno. DAP with almost twice as many MPs as PAS should show those who voted for them that they stand for a uniform criminal justice system and prevent PAS from pushing ahead with its hudud agenda,” he added.
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