Selangor DAP should issue ultimatum to Pas to drop Act 355: MCA


SHAH ALAM: Selangor DAP must pressure Pas and its president, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, to either abandon the Private Member's Bill to amend the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act – which it plans to table during the current Parliament sitting – or leave the state government altogether.

This is the advice of Selangor MCA secretary, Datuk Ng Chok Sin, who said Selangor DAP should prove its claim that it has a say in the Pakatan-led government, in a state where it has wielded political strength since 2008.

Selangor DAP must stop playing the blame game and take the lead in opposing the Private Member’s Bill, instead of calling on Barisan Nasional, including the MCA, to do so.

"Selangor DAP, along with their PKR and Parti Amanah Negara allies, must pressure Pas and Hadi to withdraw the bill, or warn them of the risks of losing posts in the state government. Selangor DAP must be stern in issuing this ultimatum, which should have been done a long time ago.

"Selangor DAP should tell Pas that if it fails to relent, all appointed government posts awarded to representatives of the Islamic party, including state executive councillors and councillors, will be removed and terminated. These government posts held by Pas in Selangor are just too important to them, and it is also their political lifeline.

"Other than Kelantan, Selangor, under the Pakatan leadership, sees the DAP holding the majority of 14 seats now. Selangor is also the only state in the country which has appointed Pas representatives as government office bearers in a move seen to be ‘nurturing’ them.

"The Selangor DAP leadership must step-up and play the important role of issuing the ultimatum to Pas, which is the most effective way to stop this bill once and for all, or end the lifeline awarded to them," said Ng in a press conference at the Selangor MCA State Liaison Committee at Section 19 here today.

There are 67 Pas local councillors in Selangor, not including village heads, as well as those in government-linked companies, which costs the state more than RM3 million in annually salaries and allowances, said Ng.

There are three state executive councillors in Selangor, namely Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad, Datuk Ahmad Yunus Hairi and Zaidy Abdul Talib.