Govt to form com­mit­tee for ‘Hudud Bill’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

THE govern­ment will form a par­lia­men­tary se­lect com­mit­tee to iron out is­sues and clar­ify a Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill to strengthen the syariah courts.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said the de­ci­sion was made af­ter a meet­ing of Mus­lim MPs from both po­lit­i­cal sides and it will be brought up to the Cab­i­net soon.

“We have de­cided to form a se­lect com­mit­tee which in­cludes both Mus­lim and non-Mus­lim MPs from both sides.

“Its pur­pose is to clar­ify, iron out is­sues, and de­tail sev­eral un­clear as­pects of the Bill such as sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers and the ju­ris­dic­tion of the syariah and civil courts,” Ah­mad Zahid told re­porters af­ter chair­ing the meet­ing as BN chief whip.

The Bill in ques­tion is PAS pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang’s (PASMarang) Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill to strengthen the syariah courts, which crit­ics have taken to call the “Hudud Bill”.

Ah­mad Zahid said he hopes that the se­lect com­mit­tee will be able to re­fine the Bill and ad­dress all ar­eas of con­cern.

He will be rec­om­mend­ing the move to Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak, who will then ta­ble it in the next Cab­i­net meet­ing.

Ah­mad Zahid stressed that the govern­ment re­spects the sen­si­tiv­i­ties of all re­li­gions and it is not its in­ten­tion to com­pli­cate mat­ters.

He said the Bill will not af­fect the pow­ers of the civil courts and added that it will be read out a sec­ond time in Par­lia­ment, with­out tabling it.

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