Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 12th March 2017 in Petaling Jaya:
MCA should stop making confusing, contradictory and misleading statements on PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355).
What MCA must explain is their failure in taking a clear-cut and unequivocal stand firstly, that they oppose any government priority to Hadi’s private member’s bill motion for it to be debated and voted in the present meeting of Parliament.
Secondly, MCA must also explain if they will oppose against the Federal government take-over of Hadi’s bill after the passage of Hadi’s private member’s bill motion.
Thirdly, of whether MCA and all other non-UMNO ministers will resign from the Cabinet the moment Hadi’s private member’s bill motion is given government priority and comes up in Parliament for debate and vote.
Particularly, I would like to direct these request to Selangor MCA on their positions on the three request above and if they will press their leaders to take a strong stand against giving government priority to Hadi’s private member’s bill motion and against the taking over of such bill by the Federal government.
Selangor MCA had on 6th March 2017 calling on Selangor DAP, being the “most influential and the most powerful with the most number of seats in Selangor” to sack all PAS local councillors in Selangor for these 67 councillors have been receiving some RM32mil allowances from the government since 2008, indirectly funding the tabling of Hadi’s private member’s bill motion to amend Act 355.
It is an irony for MCA Selangor to have suddenly claimed that Selangor DAP is all powerful and influential that the party can dictate the up and fall of any councilors in Selangor, when the Selangor DAP has always been lamented as a puppet partner without power in the Selangor state government.
Secondly, removing some 67 PAS councilors from their councillorship has neither any bearing nor connection as to whether it will stop Hadi from tabling the private member’s bill motion. In actual fact, Selangor PAS has only one single MP in the Dewan Rakyat when its three MPs elected in the 2013 General Elections are now no longer in PAS. In short, without the support from BN and UMNO, Hadi’s private member’s bill motion will never be given government priority.
What MCA should own up is to whether they are willing to resign their ministerial positions in the Cabinet the moment that Hadi’s private member’s bill motion is given government priority and/or when such bill to be taken over by the Federal government.
MCA will have a lot to answer shall any of these happens, because the best way to kill Hadi’s motion is not giving it any government priority and not allowing the Federal government to take over the bill at all.
Lau Weng San
ADUN Kampung Tunku