KUALA LUMPUR – PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang finally tabled a motion on the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction)(Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Dewan Rakyat today despite “interference” by some members of the opposition.
The action of the opposition who raised several matters with Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, had delayed the move for about 30 minutes, before the Marang Member of Parliament could table the motion as a Private Member’s bill.
The amendment proposed, among others, was to boost the power of the Syariah Court to mete out jail up to 30 years, maximum fine up to RM100,000 and canings up to 100 lashes.
Currently, the Syariah Court is only empowered to impose jail up to three years, fine up to RM5,000 and six strokes of the cane.
The government, prior to this, aspired to take over the tabling of the bill but decided against it due to the Barisan Nasional (BN) spirit of consensus.