The Star News: Thursday June 18, 2009
PETALING JAYA: Wanita MCA chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun has criticised PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang for insisting that Sisters in Islam is not qualified to discuss Syariah laws.
“Hadi’s obstinacy reflects his prima donna disposition that only he is qualified to discuss such issues. Such sheer arrogance from Hadi shows that he is an extreme and conservative-minded person,” she said in a press statement here yesterday.
She said Hadi was adamant that the non-governmental group was not qualified even when Shah Alam PAS chief Khalid Samad had admitted that his division had made a mistake in wording the motion to ban SIS and that it would send a letter to PAS headquarters to clarify the matter.
“Hadi even questioned the professionalism and validity of SIS,” she said, adding that this showed that Hadi was autocratic in his actions and mindset.
She urged Malaysians to look clearly into PAS’ real motives in calling for the ban as its actions clearly showed that it continued to discriminate against women.
“PAS has clearly drifted away from its election manifesto of PAS for All,” she said.
Chew said that denying SIS the right to put forward their views not only violated human rights but also contradicted the PAS slogan to uphold democracy and respect people’s views.
“In a democratic society, everyone has a right to express his views freely, For example, before legislating any law, we have to gather professional views from all parties and debate them in Parliament. Only then are we able to come out with effective laws that will suit the needs of society.
“Even after Parliament has approved amendments or enactments of new Acts, different judges have different interpretations,” she said.