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!