S’wak BN to block hudud

> Ade­nan Satem or­ders MPs to op­pose Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill in Par­lia­ment

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY RAJVINDER SINGH

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak Barisan Na­sional MPs have been or­dered to op­pose the Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965.

In re­veal­ing this yes­ter­day, Sarawak United Peo­ple’s Party (SUPP) pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said Chief Min­is­ter Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem had is­sued the order.

Sim said state BN com­po­nent par­ties would not sup­port the Bill, that will be read out a sec­ond time in Par­lia­ment today. He said the Bill was not in the spirit of the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963, adding that his party had al­ways been against the Bill.

Sim said Ade­nan had made it clear that his party, Parti Pe­saka Bu­mipu­tra Ber­satu (PBB), will not sup­port the Bill, adding that Sarawak is a multi-racial state and Mus­lims con­sti­tute only 25% of the pop­u­la­tion.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence af­ter the state leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly, Sim said all state BN com­po­nent par­ties are united in the mat­ter.

He said SUPP did not agree to hav­ing two crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tems as it con­tra­dicts the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion and af­fects the rights and life­style of all Malaysians.

SUPP and BN Sarawak are step­ping up to lead the na­tion back to the orig­i­nal spirit of sec­u­lar­ism in the for­ma­tion of Malaysia, he added.

Sim also said any steps and poli­cies to ad­vance the im­ple­men­ta­tion of hudud would di­vide the na­tion.

The mo­tion to ta­ble the amended Bill in Par­lia­ment was moved by Marang MP and PAS pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang.

Sim pointed out that al­though the Ke­lan­tan state leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly had passed the amend­ment of Ke­lan­tan’s Syariah Crim­i­nal Code 1993 last year, it could not enforce it due to the ex­ist­ing Act, hence the Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill.

The Bill seeks to amend the Act to em­power Is­lamic courts to enforce pun­ish­ment, ex­cept for the death penalty, pro­vided un­der syariah laws for Is­lamic of­fences listed un­der state ju­ris­dic­tion in the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

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