‘Not time yet to vote on hudud’

> Mo­tion first needs House ap­proval, study by se­lect com­mit­tee, says Zahid

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUCHING: The ques­tion of vot­ing for or against the Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Juris­dic­tion) Act 1965 does not arise as yet, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

All quar­ters should not jump the gun over the Bill, to be brought by PAS pres­i­dent and Marang MP Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang, be­cause the process had not reached that stage yet, he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the De­wan Rakyat or­der pa­per, Hadi was sched­uled to ta­ble a mo­tion yes­ter­day to seek the ap­proval of the House to ta­ble the Bill.

Ah­mad Zahid said even if that mo­tion was ap­proved, it would not have been de­bated yes­ter­day be­cause any amend­ments to leg­is­la­tion comes un­der the juris­dic­tion of the gov­ern­ment.

In ad­di­tion, any move to­wards its ac­cep­tance re­quired sev­eral steps, none of which could have been done at yes­ter­day’s sit­ting, he told a press con­fer­ence that was also at­tended by Sarawak Chief Min­is­ter Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem at the Sarawak State Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly build­ing.

He said if the mo­tion was ap­proved, the next step would be for Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak to dis­cuss it with all par­ties, not just within Barisan Na­sional.

“Then, a se­lect com­mit­tee com­pris­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties, Mus­lim and non-Mus­lim MPs must be es­tab­lished.”

Ade­nan said since there would be no de­bate or vot­ing, all Sarawak MPs would not make a de­ci­sion yet.

“We are happy the mat­ter will be brought be­fore a com­mit­tee. Only then will we come to a fi­nal de­ci­sion.”

Later, Ah­mad Zahid re­ceived the Dar­jah Datuk Pat­inggi Bin­tang Kenyalang award, which car­ries the ti­tle “Datuk Pat­inggi”, from Sarawak Yang diPer­tua Ne­gri Tun Ab­dul Taib Mah­mud at As­tana Negeri. – Ber­nama


Ab­dul Taib con­fer­ring the Datuk Pat­inggi Bin­tang Kenyalang award on Ah­mad Zahid at As­tana Negeri in Kuching yes­ter­day.

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