Ong Ka Ting takes on sensitive issues, one after anotherPosted: May 1, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 — Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting threw off the shackles today and trampled on all the sensitive topics that he and the MCA have studiously avoided over the years. If this is the approach that MCA politicians will take from now on, they could end up stealing the thunder from the Opposition and also put them on the path of confrontation with Umno and the powerful religious authorities.
Delivering the motion of thanks on the royal address, the MCA president said that non-Muslims should not be subjected to any form of syariah laws. Also non-Muslims who convert to Islam after marriage should be allowed to renounce the religion after the marriage has ended.
This is the first time that the usually politically correct Ong has spoken about conversions. “Similarly, if a child was unilaterally converted to Islam by one parent without the consent of the other parent, the child should be allowed to maintain his or her original religion until he or she attains a majority age where the child can decide on the religion of his or her choice,” he said.
Some MPs tried to interject but Ong made clear that he would not give up the floor. Religious issues and the fear that non-Muslims were increasingly being subjected to Syariah laws has been a thorny issue among Hindus, Christians and Buddhists.
Ong also surprised many in the House when he urged the government to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
Last year, the government opted for a watered down version of the IPCMC – Special Complaints Commission, (SCC). After much objection, the government withdrew the Bill and said that it would reconsider the idea of the IPCMC.
On the judiciary, he urged the soon-to-be-set up judicial commission be allowed to select magistrates and session courts judges. Currently, magistrates and session courts judges are appointed by the judicial and legal services commission.
On corruption, he suggested that all government departments and agencies must process approvals within certain deadlines.
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My, Ong Ka Ting sure has been busy. And he’s being a lot more vocal now too, compared to a time when he was a Cabinet member. What happened, I wonder? What made this change in attitude? Where did all his PC (political correctness) go?
It’s good that he looks like he’s finally coming to his senses. And it’s probably due to his heightened senses too, that he’s taking such a strong stand. I’m sure he’s not ignorant of the fact that MCA is fast losing whatever leftover supporters they have. And I’m also sure he knows that there are people in MCA who want him gone. Perhaps this is the reason why he has gone from “mild and quiet” to “fiery and strong”.
People can say what they like, but for me, as long as someone is doing something right, then they deserve the credit. And I say that he’s doing the right thing by addressing these problems. I hope the Parliament doesn’t brush these issues off too quickly, as issues coming from an old man who’s fast losing support.