KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 – PAS’ Private Member’s Bill on the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 that was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat is not against the Constitution, said Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir. The president of Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (IKATAN) said the Bill was a simple proposal, merely to give the court more authority to mete out deserving penalties for Muslim criminals.
“It is so obvious to everybody who cares to be fair, that the Bill has nothing to do with hudud. PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who tabled the Bill, himself has made so many statements to explain that it has nothing to do with hudud.,” he said in a statement Monday.
He said unfortunately there are people who insist ‘to play the gallery’ so that they think they can be popular with non-Muslims. He said he pray that this will stop as otherwise it will create a dangerous divide between Muslim and non-Muslim masses. Abdul Kadir said the amendments proposed by the Private Member’s Bill was long overdue, a necessity for the Muslim community and clearly consistent with both the letter and the spirit of the Constitution.
“Under the circumstances, it is only fair that everybody responsible should wait for Abdul Hadi’s explanation about the Bill in October before making any judgment. After all the explanation and going through the debates, their conscience still cannot accept it, than they can always vote against the Bill,” he said.
On May 26, Abdul Hadi tabled the Private Member’s Bill on May 26, aimed to amend Section 2 of the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to state that the Syariah Courts will have jurisdiction over Muslims, and in the case of offences on matters listed in Item 1 of the State List under the Ninth Schedule of Federal Laws.
Meanwhile, it was also to include Section 2A, which states that in the conduct of criminal law under Section 2A, the Syariah Courts have the right to impose penalties allowed by Syariah laws related to offences listed in the said section, in addition to the death penalty.