Party to go at it alone in bid to de­bate Act 355

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

Nas­rudin Has­san

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