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PUBLISHED: Jun 4, 2015 4:53pm

Hanipa Maidin chided by PAS delegates after bringing up hudud law

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The Sepang MP was defending himself after a representative from PAS Segambut questioned his act of constantly making statements that are in contradiction with the things said by the party president. — TRP file pic

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KUALA SELANGOR, June 4, 2015:

PAS’ member of Parliament Hanipa Maidin was booed on stage at the party’s annual muktamar today when speaking to a hall full of party delegates, he criticised the party’s leadership headed by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Hanipa, who is also PAS’ central committee member, touched on the sensitive issue involving hudud law, saying that he and along with several other wing chiefs were not even made privy to the proposed hudud bill until it was brought to Parliament.

“When I saw it, I noticed that there were some weaknesses. Not only me, Pakatan Rakyat leaders also said that they themselves did not know what was in the Bill.

“We are not questioning the law. We are just questioning the method that the Bill was brought forward.”

The Sepang MP was defending himself after a representative from PAS Segambut questioned his act of constantly making statements that are in contradiction with the things said by the party president.

His response, however, backfired, as almost all in the hall booed him, causing him to be agitated before he went on to explain that the way he was responding was simply a habit picked up from the Parliament.

Hanipa also said that there is nothing wrong with having differing opinions and the correct way of dealing with the differences is to listen and respect what each other thinks.

“Just because we have a different opinion than that believed by the leadership, it doesn’t mean that we don’t respect them. I would like to think that we can offer our opinions and have it taken positively by our leaders.

“But why is it that every time we do, we get chided for it?”

Hanipa added that the party leaders, when confronted with views different than theirs, should take the opportunity to explain the matters in question.

“I may have opinions that conflict with the party, but I can guarantee you that when Bill is debated in Parliament, I will defend it and fight for its implementation,” he added.

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