Facebook Twitter Google Plus Vimeo Youtube Feed Feedburner

ROS LBoard 1

No Hadi’s bill if no 1MDB, says Penang CM

 | May 9, 2017

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng says Prime Minister Najib Razak had even gone against a campaign promise from GE13 by supporting the amendments to Act 355.

lim-guan-eng_1mdb_law_600

GEORGE TOWN: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355 would not have seen the light of day in the Dewan Rakyat if there was no 1MDB scandal, says Lim Guan Eng.

The DAP secretary-general said the bill was only pushed forward in Parliament with the support of Umno, because the prime minister had sought to form an alliance with PAS, in order to find some respite from 1MDB.

“If there was no 1MDB, I believe, there will be no RUU355,” he said at a forum titled “1MDB scandal, what’s next?” hosted by the DAP at the Penang Chinese Town Hall, Pitt Street, yesterday.

Hadi had tabled the bill to enhance the powers of the Syariah courts in the last Dewan Rakyat sitting, which ended last month.

However, the debate on the bill was deferred to the next Dewan Rakyat sitting in July.

Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, said Najib had even gone against a campaign promise in the 2013 election by supporting the amendments to Act 355.

“Out of his (Najib) sheer desperation to seek partners, to save himself, he is willing to forsake the Federal Constitution.

“He is willing to give up a basic policy of his party, by working with PAS for RUU355.

“I am sure we know this is against the Federal Constitution, and yet he is allowing this to be passed by ordinary legislation,” said Lim, who is Bagan MP.

“And that is why you can see the strains that are being imposed not only on our economy but also on our political order and system. All because of 1MDB,” Lim added.

He said it was also disappointing PAS did not take a “strong stance” on 1MDB.

“What’s worse is that when you talk about 1MDB, they (PAS) revert back to Islamic law and say must have four witnesses,” Lim said.

 


Comments

Readers are required to have a valid Facebook account to comment on this story. We welcome your opinions to allow a healthy debate. We want our readers to be responsible while commenting and to consider how their views could be received by others. Please be polite and do not use swear words or crude or sexual language or defamatory words. FMT also holds the right to remove comments that violate the letter or spirit of the general commenting rules.

The views expressed in the contents are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of FMT.

Comments