BN "dancing to the tune" of component parties, says T'ganu Pas commissioner

ADRIAN DAVID

KUALA TERENGGANU: Pas has branded Barisan Nasional as “dancing to the tune” of its component parties when it unanimously decided not to support the RUU355 bill amendment at the Dewan Rakyat.

Terengganu Pas commissioner Satiful Bahari Mamat said that it appeared that BN, led by its chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, was backing off to please its component parties like MCA when making the decision Wednesday.

“It looks like BN is scared of MCA. Before they said they may support. Now, they are not. Why the flip-flop?” he asked outside the Terengganu state assembly sitting at Wisma Darul Iman.

Satiful, who is Paka assemblyman, added that the amendments concerned Syariah laws and non-muslims need not fear reprisals.

“Thus, BN should support the amendments as it concerns strictly Muslims. In any case, all we are asking is for them to consider the amendments.

“We on our part are also relooking and examining the details in its entiriety,” said Satiful.

He also highlighted the need to clearly clarify the religious status of underage children when one of their non-Muslim parents embraces Islam.

“If one of them converts, their children should be given the right to follow their parents’ choice of religion to also become a Muslim,” he said.

Yesterday, Najib announced that the government would not table a bill in Parliament to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

Najib said the decision was made “in the spirit of consensus” during a BN Supreme Council meeting.

Najib said the bill would remain as a private member’s bill, which was first moved by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in Parliament on May 26 last year.