Barisan Nasional has refuted claimed that it had played a role in the decision by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia to postpone the debate on the proposed amendments to the Sharia Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or Act 355, last week.
Umno and BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the party had no power to make the decision, adding that even the Prime Minister Najib Razak has no jurisdiction on it.
According to NST, he said it was the duty of the speaker to make the decision while blasting the opposition for playing its usual blame game on Barisan.
“It has nothing to do with Barisan. So why accuse us? We have to follow and respect his decision,” he told reporters after the launching and voting session of Rumawip Residensi Rimbunan at Menara Seri Wilayah, Kuala Lumpur today.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s, who is also Marang MP, had finally tabled the bill amidst strong objections but Pandikar had postponed the debate on the motion to the next parliamentary session on July 24.
He made the decision soon after PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, who is also Kota Bahru MP, completed his address in supporting the motion brought earlier by Abdul Hadi.
Tengku Adnan, who is also federal territories minister, has asserted that Barisan’s decision not to table the bill was based on consensus as the coalition was a unique and multi-racial.
He said Barisan was a united and committed ruling coalition to make Malaysia a developed country and improve the economy, education and other systems.
“Do not listen to the opposition parties. They like to badmouth the government. We know what we are doing,” he said. – NST