Nancy: No support because Pas did not explain proposal clearly
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