‘PAS has consulted rulers on amending syariah act’
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.”