Mah Siew Keong: Trying to implement hudud in Kelantan. Gerakan is against Private Member’s Bill

Petaling Jaya, Nov 22 – Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong reiterated that Gerakan is against PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s move to seek amendment to the Shariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, and Gerakan Members of Parliament would definitely vote against the Private Member’s Bill.

He pointed out that Gerakan did not agree with the Private Member’s Bill tabled by Hadi Awang to revise the Shariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

In a statement issued today, Mah Siew Keong said Gerakan respected Islam as the Federal religion, but the consideration of non-Muslims must also be included in the amendment of the Act.

The party opined that the proposed amendment to the Act tabled by Hadi Awang is an attempt to implement hudud law in the Kelantan state.

There must be a limit on the power of sentence

He stressed that the basic composition of the rule of law is the need to have the right to distinguish the boundaries of all sentencing. The power of sentencing must have an upper limit to ensure that the legislature will not be abused.

On Hadi Awang’s proposal which includes the new Section 2A in Act 355, Mah Siew Keong said the section has no upper limit and also lack of protection on sentencing law, it could be misused and not in compliance with the Federal Constitution.

“Gerakan had raised another proposal to replace Hadi Awang’s Private Bill, we have already submitted to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib,” he added.

Mah Siew Keong said the proposal made by Gerakan is inclusive of the necessary protection and legal binding to ensure that Act 355 is in compliance with the spirit of Federal Constitution.





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