KUALA LUMPUR – April 7, 2017: Opposition supporters have taken to Facebook to air their frustrations and disappointment with the unruly way their elected representatives behaved in Parliament yesterday.
They were of the opinion that the opposition members of parliament should be more civil when objecting against the Syariah Court empowerment bill, better known as RUU355, which was tabled by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
A commotion broke out in Parliament yesterday after Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia postponed the debate on the RUU355 to an unspecified date after Hadi had finished tabling it.
The decision did not go down well with opposition MPs, except those from PAS.
They argued that Pandikar Amin was being unfair as they now have to wait for another four months to debate the bill. Parliament is due to reconvene only in July.
In the midst of venting out their frustrations, Amanah’s Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad and DAP’s Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua yelled at Pandikar Amin, calling him a coward and a chicken respectively.
Some opposition MPs had also exchanged verbal barbs with Umno and PAS MPs, with PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli going as far as likening the proceedings as an Umno and PAS parliamentary session.
Shortly after, Rafizi took his frustration to Facebook and informed his supporters that several opposition MPs will be organising a mock parliamentary-proceeding to discuss the bill next Monday.
“You guys are a disgrace to Muslims who support the opposition. Even the corrupt Umno MPs are supporting the bill. Goodbye Pakatan Harapan,” was the acrid response from Facebooker Zaifulnizam Lee.
“I don’t get it. Why do you guys have to scream and shout like animals? The bill has yet to be passed. Hadi had merely tabled the bill and, eventually, it will be debated,” questioned Facebooker Mohd Luqman.
“Please be fair to RUU355. Muslim opposition MPs should not be crying foul against the bill just because the non-Muslim opposition MPs are doing it,” wrote Ben Alawi.
“I respected the opposition MPs for their consistent fight against the corrupt Barisan Nasional government but the way you guys behaved yesterday was truly appalling. Now I know which party should I vote in the next election,” wrote Abe Dressar.
Instead of moaning over the so-called unjust decision of Pandikar, Nurul Ain Ibrahim thinks that the opposition MPs should use the waiting period to thoroughly prepare salient points to debate against the bill.
“Dear opposition MPs, stop moaning! What you guys should be doing right now is to properly study the bill, find its flaws and come out with strong arguments to rebut its implementation,” she wrote.
The RUU355 bill seeks to increase the current imprisonment of more than three years or fine of more than RM5,000, or more than six lashes to jail term of more than 30 years or fine more than RM100,000 or 100 lashes as administered in line with the Syariah crimes.
The bill however, was heavily opposed by several quarters, including non-Muslim politicians, human rights activists and non-governmental organisations who argued that it is a backdoor attempt in implementing the hudud law.
The Mole’s attempts today to get comments on the matter from the Rafizi, Pua and Khalid were unsuccessful.