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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Liow appeals to all MPs to vote against PAS’ bill

KUALA LUMPUR - MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic) appealed to all MPs to vote against the private members' Bill raised by PAS.

"We want support from both sides of the political divide to come together to stop this Bill, because it is in conflict with the spirit of our Federal Constitution," he told reporters after launching Kojadi's annual general meeting on Sunday.

Though Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak reportedly said the Bill had nothing to do with hudud, Liow pointed out that if it were to be passed, the scope was "wide-enough" to give PAS in Kelantan the power to exact hudud punishment.

The Kelantan state can then implement any punishment they deem appropriate short of the death penalty, which includes stoning and the chopping off of hands, he said.

The amendment will also give the Syariah court in Kelantan the same powers akin to the Federal court system.

"Malaysia would then have two parallel legal systems. This is in conflict to our Federal Constitution, the supreme law that governs our country.

"According to its Article 8, all Malaysians should be subjected to one legal system and are equal in the eyes of the law," Liow said.

When asked if MCA's stance goes against that of Umno, which support the Bill tabled by PAS, Liow replied saying alliance should "fall back onto the Barisan Nasional spirit of consensus".

"Since forming the government during independence, we have used the spirit of Barisan, which is consensus. In whatever amendments (to existing Acts), we need to ensure we have consensus from all the parties in the alliance.

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