Gerakan propose amendments to Hadi’s Bill

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23: Gerakan has proposed amendments to Marang MP and PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s proposed Bill to increase the Syariah courts powers whereby highlighting that the central issue is about not violating the Federal constitution.

Gerakan President Datuk Seri Mah Siew Kiong, Secretary General Datuk Liang Teck Meng and also Deputy Youth Chief Andy Yong together with Gerakan’s Legal Team have had extensive discussion on this issue today.

The party has submitted the recommendations to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

According to Andy, Hadi’s proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) will raise the punishment ceiling to 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the rotan instead of completely doing away with the punishment cap.

“Hadi has proposed in his Private Member’s Bill to amend Act 355 that the current syariah punishment cap of three years’ imprisonment, RM5,000 fine and six strokes of the rotan be abolished.

“This change was confirmed by PAS’ Kuala Nerus MP Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali today,” Andy told The Malaysian Times (TMT).

According to Khairuddin, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir as requested for Hadi to alter his motion so that there will be a limitation on the punishments.

Andy responded by saying, Hadi will now have to give notice to the Parliament secretary to alter his Private Member’s Motion, taking into account the new punishment cap.

“The changes came after a briefing organised by Deputy Prime Minister (Datuk Seri) Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for Muslim MPs on Hadi’s motion yesterday.

“Hadi’s effort is often referred to as the ‘Hudud Bill’ as it would ultimately pave the way for the partial implementation of the Islamic penal code, specifically in PAS-ruled Kelantan, which has already passed an enactment to that effect,” said Andy.

Andy said for example the punishment using the rotan under the enactment ranges from 40 to 100 strokes.

However according to Andy, the Kelantan state enactment cannot be implemented as long as the current punishment limits on the syariah court stands.

Meanwhile, PAS will organise a nationwide solat hajat after maghrib (dusk) prayers today, for president Abdul Hadi Awang’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act.

According to a poster circulated in PAS’ official media WhatsApp group, the prayers are “in conjunction with the tabling of the Act 355 Bill”.

A solat hajat is customarily to seek for God’s providence for a specific matter.

Yesterday, Zahid Hamidi met all Muslim lawmakers for a special briefing on the Private Member’s Bill which to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.

The Bill, previously tabled by Abdul Hadi, seeks to increase the power of the Syariah courts to impose stiffer penalties except the death sentence.

Several parties have expressed their objections to the Bill, saying the amendments would eventually pave the way for Syariah courts to implement hudud in the states.





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