Act 355 – PKR faces major dilemma

Apr 8, 2017
What will be PKR stand when Act 355 bill comes for the vote in Parliament?

It has to be extremely hard for PKR these days as it was caught up in a major dilemma.

PKR has to weigh the consequences of either following the de facto DAP-led Pakatan ‘Pied Piper’ leader Lim Kit Siang or supporting PAS president Hadi Awang’s private member bill (Act 355).

No doubt PKR wishes that the bill (Act 355) never made it to the table of Parliament, but it has and now the party has a serious problem on its hands.

PKR can no longer keep its collective heads buried in the sand like ostriches with the hope that the issue would dissipate like the early morning dew in up in Genting Highland.

Nor can it count on pressure being exerted on team Barisan Nasional component parties questioning Umno for taking over Act 355.

Act 355 has once again returned to its original status as a private member’s bill leaving team Barisan Nasional in both East and West Malaysia unscathed.

Now Muslims around the nation are looking at what stand PKR and other Muslim political parties will take if and when the bill comes down to a vote.

If Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali fashions himself to be a Muslim leader, how will he be able to justify not going along with the bill Act 355?

The on paper PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is in the situation as PKR vice president (who still vies for the PKR president’s post) Azmin Ali.

Malaysians will see Wan Azizah furiously fanning herself as she feels the heat when it is time to man up, or in her case woman up, when and if the bill comes to a vote.

Azmin, Wan Azizah and the rest of the Muslims that made up DAP-led Pakatan will certainly be viewed by Malays as DAP’s window dressing if they try to dance around why they said they needed more time to study Act 355 or if they can not support it.

On the other hand, PKR will incur the wrath of Kit Siang, if PKR decides to support it.

PKR knows very well how Kit Siang spewed his disfavour on PAS after the Islamist party did not support the Kajang Move; the same would happen to PKR if it went against Kit Siang and the DAP’s marching orders as well.

PKR needs the DAP’s support almost as much as the DAP needs PKR (Malay) support.

However, in this scenario, the DAP is calling the shots; which is precisely why PKR finds itself stuck between Act 355 and the wrath of Kit Siang! – The Malaysian Observer Blog