PETALING JAYA: Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong has become the second minister to announce that he would resign should the PAS’ Private Member’s Bill be passed in Parliament.
Mah, a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the party was concerned over the Bill to confer open-ended sentencing powers on the Syariah Court, except on the death penalty.
“And yes, I will be prepared to do what Datuk Seri Liow (Tiong Lai) has announced,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Gerakan, he said, respected Islam’s position as the official religion of the Federation but was concerned about the PAS president’s attempt to circumvent settled constitutional principles.
He said the party would do all it could to preserve the way of life in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation.
He also urged PAS to withdraw the Bill in its current form and consult the Attorney-General and other legal experts so it could act in line with the Federal Constitution.
Mah also questioned if DAP should be held accountable over their efforts to ask the public to vote for PAS in the last general election.
“They are together in the Selangor state government today,” he said, adding DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng should also be prepared to resign.
Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said a Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting should be convened to fully discuss and deliberate the controversial Bill.