JOHOR BARU, Feb 21 — Johor Religious Committee chairman Abd Mutalip Abd Rahim today explained that his recent statement on the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355 was his personal view.
He said the statement did not represent the view of the Johor government and that the state government had never discussed the matter in any of its state executive council meetings.
“With reference to media reports on the proposed amendment, I would like to reiterate that my statement was a personal view and did not represent the view of the state government.
“The view was made (in my capacity) as a Muslim who always supports the teachings of Islam,” he said in a statement here.
Abd Mutalip was commenting on his statement which he said was misinterpreted by the media to portray that the state government supported the proposed amendments.
On November 24 last year, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang presented a motion in the Dewan Rakyat to seek the approval of the house to bring a Private Member’s Bill to propose amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965. — Bernama