DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has questioned whether Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki thinks that Sarawak chief ministers are anti-Islam as well.
Lim said this in response to Asyraf who accused DAP of being anti-Islam after the former urged non-Umno ministers to resign from the government if Putrajaya were to prioritise PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill motion.
The private member’s bill seeks to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act3 355) to increase the punishment that Syariah Courts can mete out, from three years’ imprisonment, RM5,000 fine and six strokes of the rotan to 30 years’ imprisonment, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the rotan.
Lim pointed out that Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg, as well as his predecessor Adenan Satem, had instructed Sarawak BN MPs to oppose the amendment.
“Let me ask Asyraf a direct question: Is he seriously suggesting that those who oppose Abdul Hadi’s private member’s bill motion… are anti-Islam?
“I want to further ask Asyraf whether he is accusing the PBB President Abang Johari Openg and the four PBB Muslim ministers… as anti-Islam?
“Or will Asyrah concede that both Muslims and non-Muslims can oppose Abdul Hadi’s private member’s bill motion without in any way being anti-Islam?” said Lim.
Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, said Asyraf had misunderstood his statement when he challenged 15 non-Umno ministers to resign if Hadi’s motion were to be prioritised.
“I did not discuss the merits or demerits of Abdul Hadi’s private member’s bill but the different and very important question, whether the BN coalition has totally changed its character – from a coalition of equals which observes the consensus principle, to one practicing ‘Umno hegemony’ where ‘what Umno wants, Umno gets’ in BN and the other 12 non-Umno BN parties do not matter at all,” he said.
Lim said the first five prime ministers would never have pushed ahead with something that does not receive consensus from BN partners.
Umno has indicated its support for PAS’ proposed amendments Act 355 but has faced resistance from its coalition partners.