KUALA LUMPUR - Consensus among the component parties is a reason for Barisan Nasional's success, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
"We appreciate it and will continue to develop this value," he said in response to the withdrawal of a motion on hudud by Barisan Nasional's Sungai Air Tawar assemblyman Kamarol Zaki Abdul Malik.
The motion - calling for a debate on the probability of the law being implemented in Selangor - was withdrawn two days ago after a pre-council meeting among state Barisan Nasional representatives.
Liow, also the Bentong MP, said the party stood by its principle to uphold the Federal Constitution, safeguard the rights of non-Muslims and protect the diverse values of the nation.
He also called on DAP to stop PAS from its plan to table a Private Member's Bill in Parliament urging for the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.
In Petaling Jaya, MCA central committee member Datuk Ti Lian Ker said Selangor state assembly Speaker Hannah Yeoh had failed in her duty to uphold the Federal Constitution.
"Hudud has encroached into the Federal Government jurisdiction, thus it is unconstitutional. She should have discharged her duty without fear or favour by rejecting the motion for a debate, and make a constitutionally correct decision instead of the politically correct decision to allow the motion," he said in a statement yesterday.
Yeoh had defended her move to allow the motion, saying she wanted to be fair and that she would likely be called anti-hudud if she disallowed the motion.
Ti said allowing the debate was "an act of cowardice" on Yeoh's part, saying she should have disallowed it as hudud was not within the state assembly ambit.