DAP MP: Dare to leave BN over hudud bill?

kula-hududPETALING JAYA: Leave BN to follow through your tough talk against the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) 2016, also known as the hudul bill, a DAP lawmaker told coalition partners.

Ipoh Barat MP M Kula Segaran said it was not sufficient for MIC, MCA and Gerakan ministers and deputy ministers to resign their government posts if the hudud bill was passed. They should also pull the parties out from BN.

He said there seemed to be a total lack of respect for the BN coalition after the hudud bill was expedited without the prior knowledge of MIC, MCA and Gerakan leaders.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman brought forward the private member’s bill by PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang for reading on Thursday.

However, Hadi chose to postpone discussion on the bill until the next parliamentary sitting to allow MPs more time to prepare for debate.

Kula, who is also DAP national vice-chairman, said: “I do not think Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill will actually go through the Parliament at all if MIC and other BN component parties dared to fight courageously against the move by Umno to give priority to the motion,” he said in a press statement.

Kula was of the opinion that the motion could still be stopped “and I don’t have to teach these BN ministers what to do”.

He said rather than trying to behave like champions, MIC President S. Subramanim, MCA President Liow Tiong Lai and Gerakan President Mah Siew Kiong must ask for an explanation why the Bill was given priority and who made the decision to allow it.

He also wanted to know whether it was true that the issue of whether to prioritise the motion was never brought up in the Cabinet.