KUALA LUMPUR: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s (pic) Private Member’s Bill to enhance the powers of the Syariah courts has been tabled in Parliament.
He tabled the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or RUU355 at about 12.40pm on Thursday, after Question time.
Abdul Hadi’s proposed amendments to Section 2 of RUU355 are to increase the current “imprisonment of more than three years or fine of more than RM5,000, or more than six lashes” to “jail term of more than 30 years or fine more than RM100,000 or 100 lashes as administered in line with the syariah crimes”.
Earlier Opposition parliamentarians raised points of order prior to the tabling of the Bill.
Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang raised the point of order on why his Bill on an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was rejected.
Gopeng MP Dr Lee Boon Chye further asked why the four remaining Bills that were not debated on Wednesday were not given priority. Instead, he said, the Dewan Rakyat had given way to Abdul Hadi’s Bill.
Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia explained that he had to accept Abdul Hadi’s Bill because of an executive order by the Government to prioritise the Bill.
In November last year, Abdul Hadi tabled a “tweaked” motion of his Bill to empower the Syariah courts to impose stiffer penalties but he deferred it under Standing Order 15(5).