Govt to take over ‘ hudud Bill’

> PAS pres­i­dent must first ta­ble mo­tion in De­wan, says Aza­lina


KUALA LUMPUR: The tabling of the pro­posed amend­ments to the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965 will be taken over by the gov­ern­ment if the De­wan Rakyat en­dorses the mo­tion in­tro­duced by PAS pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang.

Ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Department Datuk Seri Aza­lina Oth­man Said, Ab­dul Hadi has to ta­ble his mo­tion first in Par­lia­ment, and it has to be passed by a ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers.

“Ab­dul Hadi has to fin­ish his mo­tion first and it would be de­bated and voted,” she said.

“The gov­ern­ment will then pick it up. There will be a state­ment and the min­is­ter in charge will read it as a gov­ern­ment Bill,” she told re­porters after the Umno gen­eral as­sem­bly open­ing cer­e­mony at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre.

Prime Min­is­ter and Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak in his pol­icy speech at the as­sem­bly had said that the gov­ern­ment will take over the Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill in­tro­duced by Ab­dul Hadi, who is also Marang MP.

Ab­dul Hadi’s sug­ges­tion to en­hance pow­ers of the syariah courts has re­ceived op­po­si­tion from var­i­ous quar­ters, es­pe­cially nonmus­lim MPs, as they ar­gued that it would pave the way for PAS to in­tro­duce hudud law in Ke­lan­tan.

After the Bill was de­ferred at the May meet­ing, Ab­dul Hadi in­tro­duced changes to his orig­i­nal Bill in a re­cent Par­lia­ment sit­ting, lim­it­ing pun­ish­ments that could be meted out by syariah courts.

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