Gov't's decision on RUU355 a blow to BN's detractors: MCA

ARFA YUNUS




KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s decision not to take over Pas' Private Member's Bill is a blow to detractors who have been belittling the spirit of consensus in Barisan Nasional (BN).

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong expressed joy over the decision, as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and called on all BN component parties to start making preparations for the 14th general election (GE14).

"For MCA, this is a good decision by consensus. This is the spirit of BN, after taking into consideration the views of all the parties. So now, BN can start doing its prep work for GE14," he told reporters when met at Parliament today.

When asked on the DAP's recent attacks on the MCA and Gerakan, Wee said the DAP is embarrassed of itself, which is why it went all-out to slam the two parties.

"The (DAP) were the ones who worked with Pas before, but then the relationship turned sour, and they felt embarrassed. They then needed to find scapegoats and they conveniently turned to MCA and Gerakan as one, hoping that the public would forget about (their history).

"The DAP is consistently inconsistent, and it is useless to talk with them. Personally, I think we should ignore them and do what's right. All they know is to criticise others and when they want to escape from something, they will just shift the goalposts," Wee added.

Pas is currently seeking to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to empower the Shariah Courts.

The bill seeks to amend the Act, also known as Act 355 or RUU355, to empower Islamic courts to enforce punishment, except for the death penalty, provided in Shariah laws for Islamic offences listed under state jurisdiction in the Federal Constitution.

The bill, which was first moved by Pas President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, seeks to increase the Shariah Courts’ punishment caps to a 30 year jail term, a fine of up to RM100,000, and up to 100 strokes of the cane.

Currently, the Shariah criminal punishment is capped at a three year prison term, a RM5,000 fine and six strokes of the cane.