Gerakan to vote against Hadi’s Bill if suggestions not considered

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 ― Gerakan federal lawmakers will reject amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 if their party’s recommended changes are not incorporated.

Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng said the party has submitted its recommendations to the prime minister.

These include for the law to be more specific and to avoid overlaps with the Penal Code.

“So if the amendment is not counted in, then Gerakan will vote against (the Bill) during the second reading,” he told Malay Mail Online when met outside the Parliament today.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday said that PAS president Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Hadi Awang will table for a second time an altered version of his initial proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 this week in Parliament.

Ahmad Zahid also said a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to further discuss the proposed amendments, which Liang today welcomed but insisted must include non-Muslims.

“When they say about Muslims only, whatever it is, when it becomes a law or an Act, the Act must also count the rights of the non-Muslims as well. We welcome the idea of select committee include not only Muslims but non-Muslims also,” he stressed.

Hadi first tabled his Bill in Parliament during the last meeting.

Despite claims that it will pave way for hudud, Hadi insists otherwise and maintains that it only seeks to empower the Shariah courts to mete out punishments greater than the current maximum fine of RM5,000, a jail term of three years and six strokes of rotan.






Follow @partigerakan