THICK-SKINNED LIOW CLAIMS VICTORY OVER PAS: ‘DEFERMENT OF HADI’S BILL SHOWS NAJIB BACKS NON-MUSLIM ALLIES MORE’ BUT MCA CHIEF OMITS TO TELL THAT ‘STUCK’ BILL CAN BE PASSED IN FUTURE SITTINGS

KLANG – The Government’s move not to table the bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355 indicates a spirit of consensus in the Barisan Nasional (BN).

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said it at once dismissed allegations of certain parties who had said BN component parties were weak and powerless.

“The move made by Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak) proves that the voice of the BN component parties is still heard and taken seriously,” he said at a dinner with members of the Klang MCA division here tonight.

On March 29, Najib announced that the government will not table the bill in Parliament and it remains a private bill following the decision made based on consensus during a BN supreme council meeting.

Bill 355 was first presented by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in the Dewan Rakyat in May 2016 in order to empower the Syariah Court

Earlier, Liow officiated the opening of the MCA Klang division election machinery operations room for the 14th general election (GE14), here.

Speaking to reporters later, the minister assured more rapid development would be implemented in Klang if the people return the mandate to the BN in the GE14 to lead the area.

Port Klang is placed 11th as one of the busiest ports in the world that requires the presence of a third port to meet the needs of shipping operations after North Port and West Port. — Bernama

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MEANWHILE, according to The Star:

Hadi’s Bill could stay stuck

In an unprecedented move, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was allowed to table his controversial Private Member’s Bill, sparking an uproar among many MPs.

However, the deferment of the debate on the Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or RUU355 meant that it could now be in limbo.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that at the next meeting, Abdul Hadi’s Bill would be treated as a Private Member’s Bill.

Nazri, who was the former Minister in charge of Parliament, said the Government’s business of the day would continue to take precedence.

“The Speaker must give permission. It is not automatic (that Abdul Hadi’s Bill will be called up),” he said.

Nazri said the Bill could only move forward if Abdul Hadi’s motion is put to debate and voted upon.

“If he doesn’t get the necessary votes, then it just ends there, but if it gets the vote, then the Government must take over the Bill.

“This is because in order to amend RUU355, it has to come in the form of a Government Bill,” he said.

Nazri also said that the Government had made it clear that Barisan Nasional would follow the spirit of consensus and not take over the Bill.

Datuk Koh Nai Kwong (BN-Alor Gajah), who is a lawyer, said Abdul Hadi’s Bill was likely to remain in the Order Paper.

“It can remain there without anything happening to it for a long time.

“This has happened before, even to a Government Bill, such as the Goods and Services Tax, which was in the Order Paper since 2009, but was only passed in 2014.”99

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