Motion on syariah courts dismissed
A MOTION to enhance the syariah courts proposed by Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has been rejected by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
Confirming this, Amanah’s Kota Raja MP Siti Mariah Mahmud said the motion that she submitted in October was rejected as it did not fulfil Section 23 (1) (h) of the Standing Orders.
Siti Mariah, however, questioned Pandikar’s decision to dismiss the motion, saying that the aforementioned Standing Order deals with issues pertaining to questions directed in the Parliament.
“The reason under Standing Order 23 (1) (h) is not viable as it is on questions and not motions. I think the reasoning is not a real reason,” she told a press conference at Parliament lobby yesterday.
The motion filed by Siti Mariah urged for Parliament to set up a special committee to discuss and suggest recommendations to enhance the syariah courts.
Amanah’s decision to file the motion was seen as a reaction to a Private Members Bill submitted by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to amend a Syariah law commonly known as Act 355.