KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein says Barisan Nasional will always work in the best interest of all Malaysians.
Following MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s recent criticism of PASâ€™ controversial Private Memberâ€™s Bill, the Umno vice-president said issues involving religion and race are not new and it is one of the advantages held by the ruling coalition.
“In the end, we all will sit down as a team and figure out what is good and in the interest of everyone and work towards it, unlike others who only think about their own narrow agenda and interests to seize power,” he said in a press conference at Hilton Kuala Lumpur Tuesday.
Hishammuddin said however that it is too early to comment on the Bill because it has not been been debated in Parliament.
“We have to wait and see. It has to go through Parliament and the Conference of Rulers, so it is a bit premature to comment,” he said.
Earlier, he gave a speech at the 30th Asia-Pacific Roundtable Discussion on “Cooperation and Contestation in a Changing Regional Landscape”, which was organised by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia.
On Friday, Liow in a joint statement with three presidents of Barisan Nasional component members, voiced displeasure that the Bill had been brought forward in Parliament over other government matters and that it was not discussed in the Cabinet or the Barisan Nasional supreme council.
Liow had also threatened to quit if the Bill is passed in Parliament.
The Bill seeks to amend syariah laws to allow the PAS-led Kelantan government to impose syariah punishment, except the death sentence, for offenders. The punishment apparently will only apply to Muslims in Kelantan.