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Hudud Bill Debate Postponed To October Sitting

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KUALA LUMPUR: PAS’ Private Members’ Bill on hudud will only be debated at the next Parliament sitting in October on the request of party president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang.

Hadi, who submitted the bill to the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday morning, made a request that it be debated at the next sitting.

Earlier, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said moved a motion to push Hadi’s bill up the Standing Order’s list.

The bill was listed as No.15 or the last item on the Standing Order.

Opposition lawmakers objected to Azalina’s motion, arguing that insufficient time was given to scrutinise the bill.

Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) said it was the first time that a private member’s member bill was move forward under Order Papers for debate.

“It was submitted only in the morning by Hadi and moved forward from No.15 of the Order Papers for debate.

“Is this last minute move a political ploy?” he said.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia allowed the motion to be put to the floor for vote before Hadi requested that the debate on the bill be postponed.

The bill seeks to amend Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) 2016 to allow the Kelantan PAS state government to impose hudud punishment for crimes, except death sentences.

The hudud punishment only applies to Muslims in Kelantan.

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