Friday, April 7, 2017

A Bloody Fool

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's Private Member's Bill to enhance the powers of the Syariah courts – the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or RUU355 – had been tabled in Parliament yesterday.

Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia had to explain that he had to accept Hadi's Bill because of an executive order by the Government to prioritize the Bill.

Yet PM Najib Razak (right) announced eight days earlier that the Government would not adopt the Bill – and with those words, he removed any obligation that would have existed for BN federal lawmakers, more so UMNO MPs to support the amendments were these tabled by the government.

And yet Najib had announced on December 01, 2016 that his Government will take up the said Bill.

A typical UMNO flip-flop that broke many PAS hearts. I would call it a betrayal. It's as simple as that.

And immediately after Kota Bharu MP and also the PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan explained his party’s reasons for tabling the Bill which seeks to increase the syariah courts’ punitive powers – Pandikar disallowed debate and deferred it to the next sitting which is expected to start from July 24.

“If you have power, you are powerful; if you don’t use your power, you are a bloody fool. Today, I don’t want to be a bloody fool”, Pandikar (right) had boasted.

Opposition MPs promptly retaliated, saying Pandikar’s decision was proof enough that he was indeed a bloody fool.

Last Sunday, I was at the Sai Masters Toastmasters meeting in Petaling Jaya. This time, I took up three different roles.

As a speech evaluator, as a character in a role-play for an Advanced speech "Diffusing Verbal Criticism" and as a project speaker. I presented a CC #6 speech titled "Cry Wolf" and I was voted Best Speaker.

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