Well, this is another co-incidence during this merdeka month.
It is an urgency now to table DNA bill for a secong reading....whatever it means to the nation of ours.
DNA Bill tabled for second reading
Aug 26, 08 1:35pm
Despite protest from the opposition claiming that the DNA Bill, tabled for its first reading last week, was politically motivated, it is currently being read for a second time, allowing it to be debated today.
However, the bill was not supposed to be tabled for a second reading until the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) Bill is tabled for its second reading, on a date yet to be fixed. Last week, Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar insisted that the long-overdue bill had to be tabled at the ongoing Parliament sitting to help the police solve crimes.
He said the bill was all encompassing for cases under the Penal Code and anyone arrested or charged under the code would be subjected to DNA testing.
Besides the provision of mandatory DNA testing for suspects, the bill will also allow the setting up of a national DNA database, forensic DNA analysis and the use of DNA profiles. The opposition, however, had a different take, claiming that the government was pushing through the bill at the present parliamentary sitting to bolster the sodomy charge against Pakatan de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
So far Anwar has refused to give the police a DNA swab in their probe into the sodomy claim made by a former aide, fearing they might tamper with the sample to implicate him.
Anwar was charged with sodomy early this month and his case will be up for mention on Sept 10. The opposition stalwart faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Anwar is currently contesting in the Permatang Pauh by-election. Should he win, he would make a comeback to the August House after a 10-year absence.