Party to go at it alone in bid to debate Act 355
KUALA LUMPUR: Pas will remain resolute in tabling a private member’s bill to impose stiffer punishments for syariah offences despite the government’s decision not to push for it.
Pas information chief Nasrudin Hassan yesterday said the Islamic party was ready “any time” to table and debate the bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as Act 355.
“From the very beginning, Pas members of parliament have been on standby to face the debates (on the bill) in Parliament,” said the Temerloh member of parliament yesterday.
Nasrudin was responding to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s announcement on Wednesday that the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council had decided against taking over the private member’s bill — first moved by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang on May 26 last year — and tabling it as a government bill. It was reported that BN had proposed its own amendments, which were not revealed.
Nasrudin made it clear that the prime minister’s announcement would not jeopardise Pas’s mission to get the bill passed, and that the situation had now returned to the status quo.
Following the prime minister’s announcement, Hadi’s private member’s bill may not see the light of day in Parliament.
He was only able to table the motion for his bill last year after Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman elevated the bill above other government bills.