PETALING JAYA: Members of Parliament have pledged to support the Prime Minister in his official condemnation of the shooting down of Flight MH17.
MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said all seven MCA MPs would support the motion, set to be tabled by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at a special meeting of the Dewan Rakyat today.
“MCA deputy president Datuk Wee Ka Siong (Ayer Hitam MP) will be representing the party when the motion is debated.
“This is a time for all MPs to set aside their political differences and fully back the motion put forward by the Prime Minister,” said Ong, who is Tanjung Malim MP.
Last Friday, Najib announced that a special parliamentary sitting would be convened to table a motion to condemn the incident.
The motion, on display on the Parliament website, seeks for the House to extend its condolences to the families of the victims, to demand for a comprehensive investigation and to firmly condemn the shooting down of the plane.
Masjid Tanah MP Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said the four Barisan Nasional MPs from Malacca were behind Najib in his call for justice for the victims.
The Puteri Umno chief had also started an online petition to urge the United Nations to condemn the incident.
Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said the Opposition was “in full agreement” to support the motion.
“Representatives from PAS, DAP and PKR will also request that the ongoing massacre and attacks in Gaza be included in the agenda,” she said.
DAP secretary-general and Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng said the party would stand with the Federal Government and support its efforts to bring back the victims’ bodies so that they could be accorded a dignified burial.
Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said PAS parliamentary whip Datuk Mahfuz Omar would most likely represent the party at the debate in the Dewan.
Dewan Rakyat secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah said the motion would be put to a voice vote after the debate.
“Bloc division voting will only be held if requested by the MPs. There is no need for a two-thirds majority to pass the motion,” she added.