KUALA LUMPUR: MCA will only make a stand on the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act after going through the draft of the Bill.
Its deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said it would be best that the party wait and see the contents of the Bill before making a decision.
“We are confident that all parties will be able to voice their stand on the matter,” he said in Parliament yesterday.
“Any Bill that is tabled in Parliament needs to be discussed by the Cabinet first – to make improvements, negotiate together and to reach a decision based on consensus,” said Dr Wee, adding that had always been the convention.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Friday said that the Government was committed to tabling the Bill soon.
The proposed amendments were first put forward by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, through a Private Member’s Bill last year.
They, however, have been met with objections by several parties, including those from Barisan Nasional. The amendments are expected to be tabled in the current meeting of Parliament.
MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the Prime Minister would be meeting the Barisan component parties again this week to discuss the Bill.