KUALA LUMPUR – June 9, 2016: Worrywarts should stop worrying about the controversial ‘Hadi’ bill’ as it is highly unlikely for it to get passed in parliament.
That was the unanimous opinion of several political pundits who told The Mole viewed that the widely misunderstood private members bill will not get enough votes.
“Even if all of Pas and Umno’ members of parliament (MPs) voted for it, they still could not get a simple majority,” said Associate Professor Dr Mohd Azizudin Mohd Sani of Universiti Utara Malaysia.
“There are total of 222 MPs and Umno has 88 Mps whereas Pas has only 14 MPs.
“So, the most that the bill could get is only 102 votes , if everyone from Umno voted for the bill, but in order for it to pass, the bill needs more than 111 votes,” said Azizudin.
He also pointed out that the bill, despite its importance to Muslims, was being excessively politicised by Pas and Umno alike.
If Pas leaders were really sincere in doing good for Muslims in the country, Azizudin said, they should have given the bill to their Umno counterpart and let them table it in parliament instead.
“That way the bill would have probably attracted less controversy,” said Azizudin.
Hadi’ bill sparked nation-wide controversy after it was tabled in parliament last month, with many thinking that the bill was to pave the way for the implementation of ‘hudud’ laws in Kelantan.
However, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, on March 27, clarified that it was only a bill to strengthen the Syariah criminal enactment.
Najib assured non-Muslims that their lives will not be affected should the bill gets passed.
Geostrategist Dr Azmi Hassan of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia doubted that the bill will get the support from all Muslims MPs.
“As Nancy Shukri (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department) said, she will be absent if there is a vote in parliament.
“Most probably, all Muslim MPs that are not from Umno and Pas will do the same and if that happens, then there won’t be enough votes for the bill to go through,” Azmi said.
Nancy is from the Sarawak-based BN component party, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).
But in the likely event that the bill goes through, Azmi said the Umno-Pas cooperation will have had reached to a new level, “one that would probably elevate Umno’s popularity among the Malays.”
“But at the same time BN will be plunged into turmoil, especially among its non-Muslim component parties like MCA and MIC.
“However, the turmoil would still be something that Umno can handle because parties like MCA and MIC is as good as non-existent without the Barisan Nasional coalition,” he pointed out.
Contrary to Azmi’s opinion, the Sarawak-based Dr Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, does not think that Umno can handle the aftereffects if Hadi’s bill goes through.
He deemed that Umno has got “a lot at stakes on their plates”, adding that the Malay-based party needs to “carefully think things through” before voting for the bill.
“Umno will not only upset the MCA and MIC but also other component parties from Sabah and Sarawak, especially the PBB.
“It’s not about questioning God’s law. It’s about the country’s long term inter-religious and interracial harmony.
“Is Umno prepared to take on such a big risk just to please Pas while upsetting its loyal comrades which has stayed with them through thick and thin?” Jeniri asked.