We are united because most of us turned up for Shariah Bill debate, Pakatan MPs say

BY RAM ANAND

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — A group of Pakatan Harapan lawmakers today claimed that they had come prepared and united to face a possible debate on the deferred private member’s bill to increase Shariah Court punishments.

PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli said that efforts by the ruling coalition to portray Pakatan Harapan as disunited during the debate on Shariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act amendments did not materialise after debates were abruptly deferred to the next Parliament session in July.

“I can confirm that most of us were present and we had decided on nine people to debate the matter for us, and we have our arguments prepared,” DAP’s Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo said during a press conference at the media area in Parliament.

However, the MPs did not reveal which way they would have voted had the debate continued and ended up in a vote.

“The events should provide clarity if there any doubt about (unity) in Pakatan Harapan,” PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli said.

“We had decided to overcome this issue as a Pakatan,” he added.

He also said that the events in the House today should reveal to the people that the tabling and deferment of the bill was a “political drama.”