Long way to go before Hudud can be debated as a Private Member’s Bill

(Also published on The Star Online)

Much has been said and speculated with regards to a possible private member’s bill to be brought to parliament by a PAS MP to allow for hudud to be introduced in this country. But not many people realize that the process of getting a private member’s bill to be put, literally, on the table of each MP is a long and arduous one.

Before the most recent parliament sitting, Member of Parliament for Sungai Siput, Dr Jeyakumar, tried to table a Private Member’s Bill entitled the Social Inclusion Act. I seconded that bill in my capacity as the Member of Parliament for Serdang. We submitted the bill and the relevant supporting documents a few weeks before the start of the March Parliamentary sitting. This bill did not even make it to the order paper, which lists all the laws which are to be debated and passed as well as motions by individual MPs.

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Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim should not abdicate his responsibility of seeking a fair and just solution to the confiscation of the 300 Malay and Iban bibles from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) by the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS)

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 2nd of April, 2014, in Kuala Lumpur

We read with great concern Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s statement yesterday that the Selangor state government has decided to ask the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) to write directly to the Attorney General to request for the confiscated bibles to be returned back to them. We are especially concerned over the MB’s statement that BSM “needed to show their determination and desire” to get back the confiscated Malay and Iban bibles from the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS).[1]

We want to remind the MB that on the 8th of January, 2014, one week after the bibles were sized by JAIS, the MB instructed JAIS to seek clarification from the Home Ministry[2] on whether the Malay and Iban bibles fulfilled the 10 point agreement announced by the BN government in 2011 just prior to the Sarawak state elections.[3]

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Will JAIS start raiding the residences of Christians in Selangor who possess the BM bible?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 3rd of January, 2014

In 2012, the Bible Society of Malaysia celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Malay bible. One of the events during this celebration was a thanksgiving dinner where a few hundred copies of the BM bible that were held by Customs in 2011 were given away. I have one such copy in my house in Petaling Jaya, stamped with the words “Peringatan – Al Kitab Berita Baik ini untuk kegunaan Penganut Agama Kristian Sahaja – dengan perintah Menteri Dalam Negeri 16 Mac 2011”. I also have a copy of a Children’s Malay bible or Al Kitab. In both these Malay bibles, the word “Allah” is used. In addition, the words “Rasul”, “Nabi”, “Firman” and “Wahyu”[1] are also used. I also have a copy of the Indonesian Al-Kitab where the word “Allah” is used.

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