Umno sets up panel to make proposals for Harmony Bill

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  • Saturday, 12 Jul 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno will set up a committee to study and submit suggestions on what to be included in the proposed National Harmony Bills.

“We want to ensure the Bills are in line with the party’s position on the issue of Islam, the Rulers and the Malays,” party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said after chairing Umno’s supreme council meeting.

Najib said that even though the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) was tasked to come out with suggestions on the Bills, it would be the Cabinet and the Government that would ultimately decide on the matter.

The Policies to Promote National Harmony and Legislation Committee under the NUCC submitted the drafts of three bills related to national harmony for government consideration.

The Umno president also reminded party leaders to be mindful when issuing statements as their views could be wrongly perceived as that of Umno’s.

“I have also told them the things they voice out can affect their credibility as a Barisan Nasional MP,” he said, referring to the “Hitler statement” made by supreme council member Datuk Bung Mokhtar Ra­­din.

Following Germany’s win over Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals Bung Mokhtar tweeted: “Well Done ... Bravo ... Long Live Hitler”, which drew flak from many, including from the Prime Minister.

The Kinabatangan MP tweeted an apology the next day, after which Najib tweeted saying: “The comments made by Datuk Bung Mokhtar are unacceptable and wrong, and he will withdraw them.”

Asked if further action would be taken against Bung Mokhtar, Najib said he had dealt with the former openly and considered that as “quite a serious reprimand”.

On another matter, Najib downplayed his meeting with Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim at a buka puasa event on Thurs­day.

“There’s nothing to it. Khalid said he attended the event as a mark of respect to me as a federal leader while I told him that I respect him as leader of the state. No, I didn’t invite him to join Umno,” he said.

At the event, Najib praised Khalid for his attendance, describing this as a “good sign.”

The Prime Minister also tweeted that he was happy to have had a long conversation with Khalid while waiting for the breaking of fast.

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