‘PAS has con­sulted rulers on amend­ing syariah act’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has con­sulted the Con­fer­ence of Rulers over its in­ten­tion to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965, com­monly known as Act 355.

Party sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san said he was made to un­der­stand the rulers had been briefed on the mat­ter.

He told this to re­porters out­side the Par­lia­ment build­ing when asked to com­ment on Umno MP Tengku Raza­leigh Hamzah’s statement that the amend­ment bill should be pre­sented to the royal council be­fore be­ing sub­mit­ted to Par­lia­ment.

Tengku Raza­leigh on Mon­day said the amend­ment – which seeks to em­power the Is­lamic courts – needs to be con­sented to by the Malay rulers as mat­ters of Is­lamic af­fairs are un­der their purview.

Takiyud­din said any law that orig­i­nates in Par­lia­ment must also be amended in the House.

“I do not un­der­stand why it should not be brought be­fore Par­lia­ment as it needs to go through the process when pro­posed amend­ments are made to the act,” he added.

Takiyud­din is con­fi­dent the bill, listed in the Or­der Paper, will be de­bated in Par­lia­ment be­fore the con­clu­sion of the cur­rent sit­ting.

Asked on the pos­si­bil­ity of the bill be­ing fast-tracked in the Or­der list, he said it de­pended on the cir­cum­stances.

“I think gov­ern­ment busi­nesses need to be pri­ori­tised. I am still op­ti­mistic that the bill can be tabled.”

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