Rakyat Sarawak : Undi Pakatan Rakyat

Rakyat Sarawak : Undi Pakatan Rakyat

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rang Undang Undang Berkenaan DNA diluluskan Ketika Pakatan Rakyat sibuk di Permatang Pauh

Menteri Dalam Negeri , Syed Hamid Albar tanpa rasa malu dan segan... membentang Rang Undang-Undang DNA ketika pembangkang sibuk membantu DS Anwar Ibrahim di Permatang Pauh hari ini.

Ketika membentang rang undang-undang DNA ini, hanya 10 orang ahli pembangkang yang berada di dewan Parlimen ketika itu.

Dengan tergesa-gesa Hamid Albar memohon izin untuk mempercepatkan kelulusan rang undang-undang tersebut dan ianya mudah diluluskan dengan suara majoriti dari pihak kerajaan.

Hamid Albar telah meletakkan maruah UMNO dan BN dicelah ketiaknya....

Sungguh memalukan... Tidak berani berdepan dengan pembangkang.... Menteri pengecut....

Satu lagi projek UMNO / BN menzalimi dan menindas RAKYAT.....


KUALA LUMPUR, Tue.26th August 2008:

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar has called on the opposition not to attribute any "sinister motive" to the timining of the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Identification Bill 2008 debate.

"The bill was supposed to be tabled after the National Kenaf and Tobacco Board Bill, but I was unwell so I asked for it to be moved down the order paper and be tabled later. There is no sinister motive, don't look as it as though there is one," he said in the lobby yesterday after tabling the bill for second reading.

Members are currently debating the bill.

Syed Hamid said the bill is not aimed at any particular person.

"A person is not charged because of this act, but due to police investigations when they are satisfied there is a prima facie case and then it is up to the courts to decide.
"We are not going to use this to make a person chargeable, that is not the purpose of the bill," he said alluding to the oft-repeated claim from the opposition that the bill is aimed at de facto opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently facing a sodomy charge.

Syed Hamid explained the timing of the bill after Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah) led the chorus of protest when she asked the chair why the government was being hasty in tabling the bill.

As today is the Permatang Pauh by-election, the bulk of the opposition members are away in Permatang Pauh. Currently, there are 10 opposition members in the House.

Fong said the government should give a reason for speeding through the bill.

"Why are we being asked to debate this bill when we have not had time to read and prepare for the debate. The time given is too short," she told deputy speaker, Datuk Ronald Kiandee.

Fong said the government had tabled the Universities and Universities Colleges (Amendment) Bill 2008 at the end of the last session.

"We (the opposition) had been preparing for this bill. All our preparation was for this bill. I think there is an ulterior motive in speeding up the tabling this bill," she said.

Mahfuz Omar (Pas-Pokok Sena) supported Fong and said the House should look at the overall picture before making a ruling.

He felt the decision did not take into account Opposition members' preparedness to debate the bill.

"We have not been briefed on this bill but the backbenchers have been briefed by the police during a special briefing. We were not invited for this," he said.

However, Ronald Kiandee overuled them by simply declaring that the government had the right to give priority to any bill it felt was important.

"They do not have to give a reason. However, you can raise your points while debating the bill," he said.

In tabling the bill yesterday, Syed Hamid told members what he had been saying all along outside the House - the bill has nothing to do with Anwar's charge.

The bill, which was to have been tabled during the 11th parliament, was delayed, as the government had wanted the bill to accommodate some of the rapid changes taking place in the field of forensic study.

Apart from providing for compulsory extraction of DNA, the bill seeks to provide for the establishment of a Forensic DNA Databank, the taking of DNA samples, forensic DNA analysis, the use of DNA profiles and any information related to it and any matters connected therewith.

The bill also provides for punitive measures on those who refused to give a "non-intimate sample", refuses to allow such a sample to be taken or obstructs anyone from taking a sample.

The bill defines "non-intimate" as pubic hair, sample taken from a nail or under a nail, a swab from a non-private part and saliva.

The bill defines "intimate sample" as blood, semen, tissue or fluid taken from a person's body, urine or public hair or a swab from a person's private parts.

Anyone who refuses to give a "non-intimate sample" will be liable to a fine not exceeding RM10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both.

However, the bill is silent on the type of punitive action to be taken on those who refuse to give an "intimate sample".

The final draft of the bill was prepared by officials of the police, Chemistry Department, the Attorney-General Chambers and Home Ministry.