KUALA LUMPUR: Umno will discuss its participation at the Pas-led ‘Himpunan RUU355’ – a rally demonstrating support for Pas’ Bill on the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) 2016, or Act 355 – at the party’s Supreme Council meeting on Jan 27.
“If we get an invitation (to the rally), or if party leaders have received the invitation, I am sure the secretary-general (Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor) will bring this matter up at the meeting.
“The Umno meeting is way ahead of Pas’ proposed date for the gathering on Feb 18, so we will just wait and see,” said Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa after visiting the Permai Learning Centre in Ampang here, today.
According to Annuar, the gathering should be organised and cooperation should be given by all quarters if its purpose is related to Act 355.
“Personally, I feel that any effort to provide information and clarification (on the matter) should be welcome because the party tabling the private bill has the right to explain.
“We should not be prejudiced or be emotional over the matter, because Pas is responsible for it, in fact, it should be explained not only to Muslims but non-Muslims as well,” he added.
On MCA’s objection against Pas’ plan to organise the gathering, Annuar said the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party has the right to express its views.
He said all BN leaders should sit together to hear the voices of all component parties in the coalition on Act 355.
Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had, on Nov 24 last year, tabled a motion on his revised Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) 2016 in the Dewan Rakyat.