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PM to meet component parties to discuss syariah Act

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) will be meeting Barisan Nasional component parties this week to discuss the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.

MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said Najib had met the party two weeks ago and they stated their stand on the matter.

"The PM understands our situation on this issue and our views," Dr Subramaniam told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby Monday.

On the statement by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that the Government will take over tabling the amendments to the Act, also known as Act 355, Dr Subramaniam said MIC had no information on it.

"Also, the PM has told us that he will be meeting the component parties once again so let's wait for that meeting.

"Only after that will we know what is being suggested and only then can we state our stand," he added.

Asked to comment on Dr Ahmad Zahid's statement that in politics, there were no permanent friends or enemies, Dr Subramaniam said the Deputy Prime Miniser could have been talking about former Umno leaders who had left the party.

"I think what he meant was there are leaders who left Umno and deemed as enemies.

"Now, there are some who want to be friends with Umno, that could be what he meant.

"It does not mean that the relationship among (Barisan) component parties could sour.

"So, let's not misinterpret what he said," he said.

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