MCA: Hadi’s Bill never discussed

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  • Saturday, 18 Feb 2017

Hadi Awang is mobbed by reporters at the Parliament lobby.

KUALA LUMPUR: Neither the Cabinet nor the Barisan Nasional supreme council has discussed supporting Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill or Himpunan RUU355, said MCA.

Its secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said should Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Jamil Khir Baharom show up at the rally, it would be on his own accord.

Ong was responding to news reports about the possible presence of Dr Jamil Khir at the rally, which will be held at Padang Merbok today in support of PAS’ proposal for amendments to the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 355.

“Should Dr Jamil or other Cabinet ministers and Barisan members attend the rally, this will be an act on their individual accord and they do not represent the Federal Government or Barisan,” he added in a statement yesterday.

Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng said party members were not encouraged to attend either the rally held by PAS or the counter-rally in Taman Jaya.

“Our stand is that we will object to anything that contravenes the Federal Constitution but since the Bill is not officially out yet and the MPs have not seen it, we cannot firmly decide which side to support.

“Any member who goes to the rally or gathering will be doing so in their personal capacity and not represent the party’s stand on this matter,” he said.

Liang said Gerakan deputy youth chief Andy Yong would be speaking at the counter rally in his personal capacity as a lawyer.

“He is knowledgeable about this issue since day one when he challenged in court Kelantan’s passing of a Bill for hudud in 2015. So, he will speak based on his experience as a lawyer,” he said.

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