Guan Eng: BN components must bear full responsibility over RUU355 tabling

By Opalyn Mok
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's assets of two shophouses in Melaka remained the same, with the controversial RM2.8 million house in Penang as the only new property purchase since 2013. — Picture by KE Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, April 7 — Barisan Nasional components MCA, MIC, Gerakan and SUPP, must bear full responsibility over the tabling of the motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1955, also known in Malay as RUU355, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng said today.

The Penang lawmaker claimed these component parties have orchestrated a “big lie” to the public by objecting to the RUU355 outside Parliament but had conspired with Umno on the private member’s Bill.

“If MIC, MCA and Gerakan is opposed to this Bill, then do it consistently, not only outside and if Umno supports this, or not, do this consistently, don’t use tricks like this by pushing it through and cutting off the debate at 4pm to adjourn the sitting,” he said.

The Penang chief minister claimed there was a conspiracy to push the Bill through by tabling it and only allowing the proposer and seconder to debate before postponing the debate to the next session.

He then called on everyone to clearly state their stand against the Bill, saying that Pakatan Harapan is clear in its stand to disagree with the tabling of RUU355 because it was unconstitutional.

“Clearly, we can’t have a country with two legal systems and this Bill allowed for jail term of up to 30 years and caning of 100 times,” he said.

Lim claimed that the procedure  is unconstitutional and any amendment to the federal constitution to allow for RUU355 will need at least a two-thirds majority.

He pointed out that six bills were postponed to make way for president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to table the Private Member’s Bill.