KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17: MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said that the Cabinet and Barisan Nasional Supreme Council never discussed on supporting PAS’ “Himpunan RUU 355”.
“I wish to state that neither the Cabinet nor the BN Supreme Council had ever discussed about supporting the proposed amendments to the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 355,” he said in statement today.
Ong, who is also Minister of International Trade and Industry II, said that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom, who reportedly attending the rally, does not represent the BN.
“Should Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Seri Dr Jamil Khir Baharom or other Cabinet Ministers and BN members attend the “Himpunan RUU355”, this is on their individual accord and do not represent the federal government or BN.
“Their attendance cannot be interpreted as the government or BN agreeing with PAS’ proposal,” Ong said.
He was commenting on news reports quoting PAS information chief PAS Nasrudin Hassan as having announced that Dr Jamil Khir will attend the PAS-organised rally in support of the PAS Private Member’s Bill to amend Act 355.
Earlier today, PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang gave the assurance that tomorrow’s ‘Gathering 355’ at Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur organised by the party would be smooth and peaceful.
The gathering is in support of a Private Member’s Bill to be brought by Abdul Hadi to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, better known as Act 355.
Abdul Hadi had tabled a motion in the Dewan Rakyat in November last year to seek the approval of the house to table the Private Member’s Bill, but requested that the detailed explanation on the motion be made at the next meeting of the Dewan Rakyat.
The gathering is expected to begin at 2.30pm and end at 11pm, and will have several activities such as Q & A with speakers and speeches by NGO and government representatives as well as Abdul Hadi himself.