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Issue Umno ultimatum on Hadi’s bill, DAP tells BN parties

 | February 18, 2017

DAP leader says Gerakan man’s offer to resign from own party won’t pressure Umno as much as having other BN component parties leave coalition.

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PETALING JAYA: A DAP leader has challenged Gerakan and 13 other Barisan Nasional component parties to issue Umno an ultimatum over the Malay party’s support for PAS’ bill to amend the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

In a statement, DAP Socialist Youth (DAPsy) chief Wong Kah Woh said the BN component parties should tell Umno to stop supporting the bill or risk losing their support.

“Umno will then have to choose either to continue to support PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Members Bill, or face the risk of the collapse of the BN coalition government.”

Wong also dismissed Gerakan deputy youth chief Andy Yong’s threat to quit the party if Gerakan supported the proposed amendments to Act 355.

“Yong’s statement does not draw much interest. It will add no pressure to Umno, being the biggest political player in endorsing and supporting PAS and Hadi’s bill.

“With or without Gerakan’s consensus, Umno has given PAS and Hadi’s bill the fullest support.”

Earlier today, Yong announced he would quit Gerakan if it supported the bill, at a rally organised by an NGO, Bebas. The Bebas rally aimed to counter PAS’ rally in support of the bill.

But Wong said Umno wouldn’t be able to “cling on to power” without support from Gerakan and the 13 other component parties.

He added that it was not too late for Gerakan to try and stop the bill from being taken over by the BN-led government in the coming Dewan Rakyat sitting in March through the ultimatum.

Previously, it was reported that the government will pick up Hadi’s bill as a second bill and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom, who is the minister in charge of Islamic affairs, will read it as a government bill.

Wong also said that Gerakan’s sole federal minister Mah Siew Keong and its two MPs – Mah and Liang Teck Meng – should resign and pull Gerakan out of BN if Umno MPs voted for Hadi’s bill.

Previously, Mah, who is plantation industries and commodities minister, alongside MCA and MIC presidents, Liow Tiong Lai and Dr S Subramaniam announced they would resign from their transport and health portfolios should the bill be passed.

Gerakan youth leader to quit if his party votes for Hadi bill


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