KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 – DAP today accused Barisan Nasional (BN) of deceiving its member parties after the government deferred its matters in Parliament, letting PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang table his Bill to raise Shariah punishments.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng expressed surprise over the development, despite BN leaders saying the Bill would be tabled in the current session.
“We can see that whatever promises made by BN to MCA, MIC, and Gerakan are false promises,” Lim said.
Lim did not elaborate on these “promises”.
BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak previously said the coalition was no longer taking over Hadi’s Bill as there was no consensus among its components to do so.
Najib also said it was the Speaker’s prerogative to accept the Bill.
Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia today allowed Hadi to table his proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, which will be debated this afternoon.
Lim added that his party’s lawmakers will reject the Bill if it comes up for voting.