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BN has reached consensus on hudud bill, says MCA’s Wee

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong today said Barisan Nasional has reached consensus on the issue surrounding PAS’ hudud-linked bill.

He said the party had spoken to Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on the matter during a meeting on Sept 23.

“Tengku Adnan has already said that BN has a consensus on hudud,” he said. When asked if the consensus was favourable to MCA, he said: “Of course.

A consensus means everyone has agreed to it. MCA and everyone else must agree to it.” When asked further on the decision, Wee merely replied: “You wait and see.”

Meanwhile, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang when met by reporters at the Parliament lobby refused to answer questions regarding the Private Members Bill that is aimed at expand the power of the Syariah Courts.

Asked if he is expecting his proposal to receive support from BN lawmakers especially from Umno, Hadi said: “Insya Allah (God willing).”

Hadi’s motion is listed as the fourth item in the Parliament’s Order Paper today.

BN component parties, MCA, Gerakan and MIC had previously stated its stance against the bill, where MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong had threatened to resign from the Cabinet should the bill be approved and implemented.

The Bill seeks to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as Act 355, 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.

Shariah court punishments are currently limited to jail terms not exceeding three years, whipping of not more than six strokes, or fines of not more than RM5,000.-nst

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