Nancy: No sup­port be­cause Pas did not ex­plain pro­posal clearly

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KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Na­sional would have been more sup­port­ive of Pas’s pri­vate mem­ber’s bill had the lat­ter re­vealed more de­tails.

Min­is­ter in Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the lack of ex­pla­na­tion on why the bill was nec­es­sary was one of the rea­son the gov­ern­ment could not take over the bill.

“I am a Mus­lim, but I must re­mem­ber that there are many nonMus­lims who might also not un­der­stand it.

“Be­ing part of BN, we don’t want to just sim­ply agree or dis- agree with­out know- ing the de­tails of it.

“An­other thing is that cer­tain parts of the bill, like the in­crease in strokes of the rotan, have to be amended first.

“The can­ing, it’s a bit too much,” she said at the Par­lia­ment lobby here yes­ter­day.

The bill seeks to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965, also known as Act 355, to em­power syariah courts to im­ple­ment harsher pun­ish­ments, ex­cept for the death penalty.

It will al­low syariah courts to im­pose up to 30 years’ jail, fines of up to RM100,000 and up to 100 strokes of the rotan.

Cur­rently, syariah pun­ish­ments are capped at three years’ jail, RM5,000 fine and six strokes of the rotan.

Pre­vi­ously, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi had said the BN gov­ern­ment would con­vert the bill into a gov­ern­ment bill.

How­ever, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak on Wed­nes­day an­nounced that the BN Supreme Coun­cil had de­cided against tak­ing over Hadi’s bill.

Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri

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