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Sunday, January 8, 2017

MCA against 'divisive' Act 355 rally



MCA has objected to a rally to promote PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's bill which proposes amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.
Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the rally, slated for Feb 18 at Dataran Merdeka, was "divisive" and would cause disunity among ethnic groups.
"We are against the assembly if it tears apart the community and causes disunity in the country. It's very crucial we act responsibly so that it is within law and order," he said, according to Star Online.
Yesterday, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said he expects 300,000 people to participate in the rally, which is open to all communities.
He said PAS is in the midst of seeking permission from the appropriate authorities to hold the rally.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Mhd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz however insisted that Dataran Merdeka is off-limits for the rally.
The Dewan Rakyat is expected to discuss the proposed amendments in March. Abdul Hadi had proposed a higher ceiling to the penalty cap under the Act.
Currently, the Act allows for a maximum three year jail term, RM5,000 fine and six lashes. Abdul Hadi's wants this amended to a maximum RM100,000 fine, 30 year jail term and 100 lashes.
Although Abdul Hadi's proposal is unlikely to lead to the implementation of hudud law, which prescribes capital punishment such as stoning for adultery and crucifixions, MCA and other BN component parties have objected to the amendments on constitutional grounds.
Liow said MCA's legal bureau will present a paper to cabinet outlining why the amendments were unconstitutional and will cause disunity.- Mkini

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