Dispute over DNA Identification Bill 2008

28 08 2008

This bill is definitely an important one.

In Canada, similar bill was introduced in 1998 (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/D-3.8/index.html). 10 years later, a DNA Identification Bill was tabled in our Parliament.

However, timing of tabling this bill must be severely questioned.

This bill was only introduced last Monday, ie 18 August 2008. One week later, it was brought up for second reading. Is it usual? Table below should be able to answer this question.

Bill 1st reading 2nd reading
Geologists Bill 2008 15 May 2008 24 June 2008
National Service Training (Amendment) Bill 2008 20 May 2008 Not yet
Education (Amendment) Bill 2008 22 May 2008 19 August 2008
Rang Undang-undang Lembaga Kenaf dan Tembakau Negara 2008 25 June 2008 18 August 2008
University and University Colleges (Amendment) Bill 2008 16 July 2008 Not yet
DNA Identification Bill 18 August 2008 26 August 2008

Despite the fact that this bill is a brand new bill and not an amendment bill, we were only given 2 and half days to debate this bill. Around 4pm this afternoon, even though a few members of Parliament still wish to participate in the debate of DNA Bill, including MP Shah Alam and myself, Tan Sri Speaker just directed the Minister to reply, who at the end of his reply refused to answer a simple question, ie would he agree to refer the bill to select committee.

“Setuju atau tidak?”

The question was aired by various PR MPs for more than 10 minutes. Yet, he pretended he did not hear it and refused to answer such a simple question. And our PM just sat there quietly as if it was not his cabinet, Syed Hamid was not his minister.

Setuju atau tidak? What is so difficult? Even a small kid would be able to state his/her stance clearly!


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