KUALA LUMPUR: Activist Marina Mahathir has expressed outrage after The Star spiked her latest column attacking the cabinet’s support to expedite the Private Member’s Bill on hudud in Parliament last week.
Posting the entire article on her Facebook page, Marina said she was “fed up with this self-serving manipulation of our supposed democratic system and the absolutely blatant spinning.”
“After all this time they still think we’re that dumb?”, said Marina, who has had her columns in the English daily axed in the past.
Last Thursday, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang tabled a Private Member’s Bill to amend the Shariah Court Act (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965, which paves the way for hudud to be implemented in Kelantan.
The bill, originally listed as the last item, was unexpectedly brought forward after Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said proposed for it to jump queue, seconded by Deputy Works Minister Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.
In her unpublished piece, Marina said there was no such treatment from the government for the opposition’s motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Najib Razak in Parliament last year.
“At the time, it was put at the very bottom of a long list of government bills which had to be debated first, despite the fact that if people are suggesting that we should have no confidence in this government to run things, we really should deal with that first,” wrote the eldest daughter of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
She said Hadi’s bill, on the other hand, was pushed to the top of the list.
“Had the government suddenly become enamoured of the Opposition? Not exactly, it just depends on whether the bill in question is one that suits them or not,” said Marina.
She also chided Azalina over her excuse that she had just followed instructions when she supported the tabling of the bill.
“This is why we have female ministers in Cabinet, to blindly follow the men’s bidding,” quipped Marina.