KUALA LUMPUR: Perkasa wants Dewan Rakyat Speaker to allow the debate on the Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (RUU355) before the Parliament meeting ends next week.
Its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali (pic) said he will submit a formal letter to the Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia on Monday, urging him to review his decision.
“We hope the Speaker will give way to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill to be debated in the name of democracy.
“The Speaker cannot say that Government matters should be given priority as he has allowed the motion to tabled in the Dewan before,” he told a press conference at the party’s headquarters Friday.
Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the decision was made in line with the principle of consensus in Barisan.
Ibrahim said he “is on the same page with PAS” on the issue because it pertains to the rights of the Malay Muslim community.
“We want to know which lawmakers will support or oppose the Bill.
“It does not matter whether or not it passes, but at least it will raise awareness on the issue,” he said.
Ibrahim also accused the Federal Government of being “too accommodating”, and even “conceding to demands of DAP”.
“Just like when DAP keeps demanding, the Government will help them, but they will not give their votes to Barisan.
“At the end of the day, the Malay community feels hurt,” he said.
Pandikar had told The Star that he was bound by Standing Order 15, which gives priority to Government Bills and not a Private Member’s Bill.