The greater winner for the unprecedented hudud motion in Parliament yesterday was Najib and not Hadi

It is generally thought that the winner for the unprecedented hudud motion in Parliament yesterday was the PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang when in fact the greater winner was the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who never appeared in Parliament House for the past two weeks.
When the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Azalina Othman Said stood up in Parliament after lunch to move a Minister’s motion to give priority to Hadi’s private member bill motion on hudud, she was not doing Hadi’s bidding but carrying out Najib’s directive.

Although PAS leaders are gloating at their political “coup” to get Hadi’s hudud motion presented to the House, it came to nought, for Hadi backed off from a debate and a vote, and the result is that Parliament had not given leave to Hadi to present a private member’s bill to amend Act 355 to amend the syariah court’s jurisdiction.

This means that Hadi’s private member’s bill motion lapses unless two things happen in the October meeting of Parliament: firstly, Hadi resubmits his private member’s bill motion; and secondly, Parliament again vote to give priority to Hadi’s private member’s bill as against official government business.

Let us see whether the Barisan Nasional MPs will in October again vote in support of a Minister’s motion to allow Hadi’s private member’s bill motion to get leave from Parliament to amend Act 355 to be debated and voted upon.

Why is Najib the greater winner in the unprecedented hudud motion in Parliament yesterday?

In one stroke, Najib thinks he has achieved two things: (1) to sideline the 1MDB scandal which had been haunting and hounding him again since beginning of a global crackdown against the Malaysian sovereign fund 1MDB for money-laundering on 24th April 2016 – the closure of the BSI in Singapore and reference its top six officers to the prosecutor for possible criminal offences; and the closure of the 143-year BSI mother bank in Switzerland and commencement of criminal proceedings; (2) make hudud the single biggest issue in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections next month completely overshadowing Najib’s premiership and the 1MDB global financial scandal.

Hadi thought he has got the better of Najib, when in fact it was Najib who had got the better of Hadi.

This was why Hadi did not proceed to have a debate and a vote on his private member’s bill motion yesterday, although Barisan Nasional and PAS MPs had united to vote for Hadi’s private member’s bill to have priority over official government business?

Why didn’t Hadi proceed to have a debate and a vote on his private member’s bill motion although it was only around 3.30 pm and Dewan Rakyat did not adjourn yesterday until late last night?

The answer is quite simple – it was the deal Hadi had reached with Najib, demonstrating the untrustworthiness of both.
Najib did not want the 1MDB global scandal to become the issue in both by-elections, and this tallied with PAS agenda to downplay the 1MDB issue and make hudud the main issue in the two by-elections.

This will also enable some PAS leaders to trot out their falsehoods that DAP is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Malay Rulers – lies repeated recently by former UMNO Information Minister, Zainuddin Maidin (Zam).

Both the voters in the two by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar and Malaysians as a whole must not fall into the Najib-Hadi trap to create the impression that hudud is the issue, as Najib and the 1MDB scandal must remain in the forefront as the premier issues in the country.

(Speech to weekly meeting of Penang DAP MPs/SAs in Komtar on Friday, 27th May 2016 at 3 pm)

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Friday, 27 May 2016 - 6:39 pm

    Absolutely true, the Hudud bill is a Najib waging the Hadi’s PAS tail. BUT when a DAP Malay counter is to plead to focus on 1MDB, Najib has the upper hand. Why are the true Malay opposition not able to turn it against Najib on Hudud itself? Because the subject itself cannot be regarded anyway negative? It’s dysfunctional and uphill battle, start to finish.

    The Malay opposition are themselves stuck in a fatalist mindset. If they do not have the.imagination to turn it against Najib, they will.always be running uphill.

    Put it this way, they cannot even point that Najib just back stabbed Sarawakians in less than a month after he bought their votes. The Malays and traditional PAS supporter think, he won’t do the same to them? In fact Najib will do much worst – Hudud will be implemented – badly, and destroy everything and leave Islam, MUslim and Malays a bad name they may not recover ever.

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Friday, 27 May 2016 - 7:20 pm

    Najib may not be the ultimate winner because non Malays may not vote for MCA, Gerakan and MIC anymore come GE14.

    Najib’s action has opened a way for the opposition to hurl its accusation on BN non Malay parties of conspiring with Umno to turn Malaysia into a theocratic state.

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Friday, 27 May 2016 - 7:26 pm

    You use me, I use you. Such scenarios are common in dirty politics.

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Friday, 27 May 2016 - 10:15 pm

    He is of cos very cock sure dat he has absolute control of d situations in our Parliament n d nation
    Nothing can touch him
    UmnoB does not need MSiA, Gelakan, MISi, etc, coattail parasitic hangers
    UmnoB + PAS: powerful unity, race n religion; they rule happily ever after

  5. #5 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 3:24 am

    As predicted, Najib is attempting NOT to do his job claiming the bill is not for Hudud. How does removing barriers to restricting the Syariah court jurisdiction not for Hudud?

    The crucial piece of Najib’s prodigality is he said Hudud is difficult to implement because of it requires consent of rulers NOT because of the Constitution.

    Again, the real issue, IF Najib does not want to do his job, what is he doing in power?

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