Hadi’s bill: Opponents not taking any chances

19
290

Given that Umno MPs/cabinet ministers helped push up Hadi’s 355 bill in previous sittings of Parliament, opponents of the bill are not taking chances.

Already Tawfik Ismail, whose father Ismail Abd Rahman served as Deputy Prime Minister to Najib’s father Razak, has filed a suit against the parliamentary speaker in a bid to halt the bill’s momentum in Parliament.

Meanwhile, 67 civil society groups, including Aliran, are urging members of Parliament who are against the bill to make sure they turn up for the entire sitting tomorrow in case the bill is pushed up the order paper and put to a vote.

This is an excerpt from the statement:

The public and the parliamentarians must remember that the 355 bill is alive despite the BN’s U-turn in tabling it as a government bill. The BN may just fast-track the motion and allow its MPs to vote on it freely. If enough MPs who object to the bill have gone home early, it can be adopted as per Zahid’s declaration. The BN’s reversal last Wednesday will then be shrewdly reversed.

As this is an ordinary bill, passing the motion will require only a simple majority. In other words, if only 60 MPs stay in the House when the motion to table the bill is put to a vote, it can be passed with a 31-29 majority.

Hence, any parliamentarian who is absent when the bill is put to a vote should be seen as silently supporting the bill, whatever their publicly-declared position is. If the motion is passed and the bill becomes a government bill, all those who are absent should be held responsible alongside those who vote for the motion.

READ MORE:  Live - RUU355 di Parlimen; tiga sebab mengapa RUU355 harus ditepikan

Therefore, even if the MPs have bought their air tickets to return home early, they must stay on until the parliamentary sitting is over. It is their duty to make laws and they cannot find any excuse to abdicate their constitutional duty.

Read the full statement on the Aliran website.

This bill has to be voted down for it will take our nation away from the constitutional framework laid down in 1957.

Please help to support this blog if you can.

Read the commenting guidlelines for this blog.

19 COMMENTS

  1. A list of selected occasions when Malaysian MPs made remarks that provoked outrage and raised eyebrows among Malaysians:

    2007 May 9

    Umno’s Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin infamously alluded to a woman’s menstrual cycle when commenting on a leaky ceiling in Parliament, using “bocor” or leak to describe the monthly periods.

    “Where is the leak? Batu Gajah MP also leaks every month,” he said, referring to female DAP lawmaker Fong Po Kuan.

    He was reported making an apology about ten days later and begging forgiveness from women nationwide if they felt insulted, while a fellow lawmaker who had made a similar remark also apologised.

    2008 April 30

    Here is a list of selected occasions when Malaysian MPs made remarks that provoked outrage and raised eyebrows among Malaysians:

    2007 May 9

    Umno’s Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin infamously alluded to a woman’s menstrual cycle when commenting on a leaky ceiling in Parliament, using “bocor” or leak to describe the monthly periods.

    “Where is the leak? Batu Gajah MP also leaks every month,” he said, referring to female DAP lawmaker Fong Po Kuan.

    He was reported making an apology about ten days later and begging forgiveness from women nationwide if they felt insulted, while a fellow lawmaker who had made a similar remark also apologised.

    2008 April 30

    In a heated exchange with the late DAP MP Karpal Singh who had called him a “bigfoot from Kinabatangan”, Mr Bung Mokhtar challenged the wheelchair-bound lawmaker to “stand if you dare” and also called him a “big monkey”.

    This prompted 30 wheelchair-bound Malaysians to show up at Parliament and protest the remarks that were deemed “discriminatory” of the disabled.

    2015 April 9

    Umno’s Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, who later on November 4 the same year was told to retract his alleged racial slur of “balik tongsan”, caused an uproar when he mentioned the infamous “bocor” word.

    After being reprimanded under the Dewan Rakyat’s rules under Standing Order 36(4), he retracted his comments but insisted that he did not intend to insult women. He had claimed that he was not referring to women’s monthly menstruation cycles, but was referring to leaky pipes when commenting on women visiting mosques.

    Standing Order 36(4) was amended on November 27, 2012 after multiple occasions of sexist remarks by MPs over the years and now states: “It shall be out of order for Members of the House to use offensive language or make a sexist remark.”

    November 16

    Several lawmakers called for Shariah-compliant sports attire as they felt some of the outfits were too sexy, with PKR’s Lumut MP First Admiral Mohamad Imran Abdul Hamid voicing his concern over the allegedly skimpy attire.

    He claimed that such “sexy clothing” could lead to “zina” or illicit sex, but Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said there has yet to be proof of adultery occurring at mass sporting events.

    2016 April 6

    PAS Pasir Puteh MP Nik Mazlan Nik Mohamad, in responding to a call for Malaysia to increase the legal marrying age from 16 in some instances, said that stopping child marriages would not stop premarital sex.

    “Nowadays, kids under the age of 16 are already having sex and already have open sexual relationships.

    “If we prevent them from getting married, these urges are still there, so they will be exposed to have sex freely and outside of marriage,” he had said.

    He is the same lawmaker who on March 17, 2017 suggested the introduction of caning for illicit sex to protect innocent babies born from unlawful unions.

    November 21

    Umno’s Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, who is also a deputy minister, was responding to other lawmakers’ comments on peaceful rallies when he abruptly singled out DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok for allegedly giggling. Ms Kok was not making any comments at that time.

    “This Yang Berhormat Seputeh kek, kek, kek, kek for what? The only woman with a ‘kok’ is in Seputeh,” Mr Tajuddin said, sparking outrage from other lawmakers who demanded him to retract his allegedly vulgar remark deemed “sexist”.

    While no action was taken against him then, minister Azalina Othman Said the next day reminded MPs that they should not make personal attacks against fellow lawmakers. She also said the Standing Orders disallow MPs from using impolite, sexist or malicious words.
    In a heated exchange with the late DAP MP Karpal Singh who had called him a “bigfoot from Kinabatangan”, Mr Bung Mokhtar challenged the wheelchair-bound lawmaker to “stand if you dare” and also called him a “big monkey”.

    This prompted 30 wheelchair-bound Malaysians to show up at Parliament and protest the remarks that were deemed “discriminatory” of the disabled.

    2015 April 9

    Umno’s Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, who later on November 4 the same year was told to retract his alleged racial slur of “balik tongsan”, caused an uproar when he mentioned the infamous “bocor” word.

    After being reprimanded under the Dewan Rakyat’s rules under Standing Order 36(4), he retracted his comments but insisted that he did not intend to insult women. He had claimed that he was not referring to women’s monthly menstruation cycles, but was referring to leaky pipes when commenting on women visiting mosques.

    Standing Order 36(4) was amended on November 27, 2012 after multiple occasions of sexist remarks by MPs over the years and now states: “It shall be out of order for Members of the House to use offensive language or make a sexist remark.”

    November 16

    Several lawmakers called for Shariah-compliant sports attire as they felt some of the outfits were too sexy, with PKR’s Lumut MP First Admiral Mohamad Imran Abdul Hamid voicing his concern over the allegedly skimpy attire.

    He claimed that such “sexy clothing” could lead to “zina” or illicit sex, but Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said there has yet to be proof of adultery occurring at mass sporting events.

    2016 April 6

    PAS Pasir Puteh MP Nik Mazlan Nik Mohamad, in responding to a call for Malaysia to increase the legal marrying age from 16 in some instances, said that stopping child marriages would not stop premarital sex.

    “Nowadays, kids under the age of 16 are already having sex and already have open sexual relationships.

    “If we prevent them from getting married, these urges are still there, so they will be exposed to have sex freely and outside of marriage,” he had said.

    He is the same lawmaker who on March 17, 2017 suggested the introduction of caning for illicit sex to protect innocent babies born from unlawful unions.

    November 21

    Umno’s Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, who is also a deputy minister, was responding to other lawmakers’ comments on peaceful rallies when he abruptly singled out DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok for allegedly giggling. Ms Kok was not making any comments at that time.

    “This Yang Berhormat Seputeh kek, kek, kek, kek for what? The only woman with a ‘kok’ is in Seputeh,” Mr Tajuddin said, sparking outrage from other lawmakers who demanded him to retract his allegedly vulgar remark deemed “sexist”.

    While no action was taken against him then, minister Azalina Othman Said the next day reminded MPs that they should not make personal attacks against fellow lawmakers. She also said the Standing Orders disallow MPs from using impolite, sexist or malicious words.

    • Umno MP Shabudin Yahya:
      “For a woman that was raped, if she can marry (her rapist) she would not go through such a bleak future. At least she has someone who can become her husband. So this will be a remedy for social problems.”

  2. If the opposition fails to block it by not attending then its no longer Hadi Bill.

    Its should be call DAP LGE BILL AND WAN AZIZAH PKR BILL.

    rajraman.Don’t have to mention UMNO,MIC or MCA.

    • Umno’s Shabudin Yahaya says girls as young as nine are ‘physically and spiritually’ ready for marriage, as the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian country passed a law on sexual offences against children.

      ‘They reach puberty at the age of nine or 12. And at that time, their body is already akin to them being 18 years old. So physically and spiritually, it is not a barrier for the girl to marry,’ Shabudin said on Tuesday during a debate on the bill.

      He also said there was ‘nothing wrong’ with a rape victim marrying her rapist as she would then not face a ‘bleak future’.

      Shabudin’s comments sparked outrage on social media, with some opposition politicians asking for him to be fired.

      Under Islamic law, children younger than 16 can get married if the Shariah courts allow it.

      – See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/asiapacific/2017/04/05/malaysia-votes-down-child-marriage-ban.html#sthash.p0KMLpEI.q5MCm9wk.dpuf

      • According to government statistics, between 2010 and 2015, there were 6,264 applications for child marriage from Muslims – the number of approved applications is unknown – and 2,725 non-Muslim teenage girls who got married.

        The age of consent for sex in Malaysia is 16. Under civil law, the minimum age of marriage is 18 with parental consent (21 without), but girls may be married between the ages of 16 to 18 with the consent of a state’s chief minister.

        Under Islamic law, the minimum age of marriage is 18 for boys and 16 for girls, but people can marry even younger with the consent of a sharia judge. There is no minimum age, and marital rape is not recognised as a crime in Malaysia. Causing hurt in order to have sex with one’s wife, however, is a minor offence.

        This loophole has gone unplugged by the Sexual Offences against Children Bill, passed in Malaysia’s parliament this month, which criminalises child grooming and sets harsh penalties for making or possessing pornography involving people under 18. The new law, enmeshed in the politics of election-bound Malaysia, became mired in further controversy when a member of parliament from the ruling National Front coalition shot down a proposed amendment, saying girls as young as nine were “physically and spiritually ready” for marriage. Shabudin Yahaya, a retired sharia judge, said there was nothing wrong with a girl marrying her rapist, but later claimed he was misquoted and that marriage was not a back door to legalising rape.

        Women’s rights NGO Sisters in Islam says religion is being politicised and blames the government for failing to comply with international standards in protecting children. It demands the Malaysian government increase the minimum age requirement for marriage to 18 years for both men and women by amending the Islamic Family Law Act (Federal Territory) and the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976.

        Dr Alicia Izharuddin, a lecturer at the University of Malaya’s gender studies department, said the competition for the hearts and minds of Malay Muslim voters was manifesting itself in “an Islamic one-upmanship between [the National Front] and [opposition] PAS of who can better ‘defend’ Islamic values in Malaysia. The result is, and has been over the last three decades, the gradual Islamisation and Malay-Muslim chauvinism seeping into every aspect of public life.”

        “Unfortunately,” she said, “this has led to some oppressively narrow interpretations of Islam and a clampdown on dissent and diverse opinions, most notably from feminist Muslim scholars and activists and non-Muslims.” A major hurdle to human rights for women, girls and children is the narrow state-controlled interpretations of Islamic practices and the ambivalence between the powers of the civil and sharia courts, Izharuddin said.

        Source: South China Morning Post

    • Paedophiles are not only attracted to the physical body of a child, but also the innocence and purity linked to the child’s appearance and age.

      However, once the child becomes an adult, the marriage often ends in divorce as the victim no longer has the physical traits that the rapist was previously attracted to.

      This might lead the rapist to then committing the same crime on other children, possibly even their own children from this failed marriage.

      Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/06/expert-victim-rapist-marriage-rewards-rapist-punishes-victim/#OJukgMCWeHfP7bkB.99

    • Even though we live in the 21st century, it is saddening to see how little has changed and how much work is still pending. While one half of the world condemns and sentences the rapists to prison and provides support to the victims, the other half of the world has a completely different attitude towards rape, its victims and its perpetrators. People everywhere need to open up their eyes and take a stand when someone says the unthinkable. For a rape victim that last piece of hope is further shattered when she is told to marry the man who ruined her life forever.

      When it comes to rape, religion is nowhere in sight. It stems from culture, narrow-minded, age-old culture that is threatening to destroy the principle of humanity by gaining a foothold in people’s minds and our societies. It is up to us to fight this threat that is trying to alter the way we or others think and the way the society runs. Yes, society does change contrary to people’s beliefs but it will only change if we dare to change it.

      • For a woman or girl who is raped (in isolation), how to get 4 witnesses to condemn the rapist? This kind of stone-age requirement looks more like giving a male an upper hand to become an animal as long as there are no 4 living souls around.

  3. Don’t be fooled.
    An U-Turn is definitely a striking back tactic!
    Turn your backs at your own perils.

    Today may go down in Boleh-U-Turn-Land history as a D-Day for Hadi’s Bill.

    All my life, I have been living a free-man’s life (almost).
    Who’s to tell me to separate from my wife in a supermarket queue, wear knee long pants or
    see only almost-covered-up girls, a God’s creation of beauty for men’s admiration in the first place @ Eden?

    God, I don’t pray to You 5 times a day, but You definitely know my heart – that perceives diabolical men have made your laws upside down for centuries!

    • Sadly most religious people fail to appreciate the core values of their belief, but choose to focus on practices, such that their behavioural action be visible to others to be seen as pious? Others follow their practices due to peer pressure and ignorance towards the core values?

      • The Arabs esp the Saudis are laughing at our naivety to embrace their culture, stocks + barrels as if theirs is the only stairways to heaven.

  4. Since when is the Courts superior to the Parliament. Ignorant lawyers
    are forgetting that parliament is supreme. Pandikar has merely
    stated his i opinion when he said-‘ we cannot discus 1MDb
    because it is in the courts in new york…’

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here