Wee: Party to re­view draft Bill first

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA will only make a stand on the pro­posed amend­ments to the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act af­ter go­ing through the draft of the Bill.

Its deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said it would be best that the party wait and see the con­tents of the Bill be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion.

“We are con­fi­dent that all par­ties will be able to voice their stand on the mat­ter,” he said in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

“Any Bill that is tabled in Par­lia­ment needs to be dis­cussed by the Cab­i­net first – to make im­prove­ments, ne­go­ti­ate to­gether and to reach a de­ci­sion based on con­sen­sus,” said Dr Wee, adding that had al­ways been the con­ven­tion.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi on Fri­day said that the Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to tabling the Bill soon.

The pro­posed amend­ments were first put for­ward by PAS pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang, through a Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill last year.

They, how­ever, have been met with ob­jec­tions by sev­eral par­ties, in­clud­ing those from Barisan Na­sional. The amend­ments are ex­pected to be tabled in the cur­rent meet­ing of Par­lia­ment.

MIC pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam said the Prime Min­is­ter would be meet­ing the Barisan com­po­nent par­ties again this week to dis­cuss the Bill.

For you: Dr Wee re­ceiv­ing a sou­venir from Hu­nan prov­ince com­merce de­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Xu Xiang­ping.

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