KUALA KANGSAR: Umno Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa on Monday advised Barisan Nasional component party leaders against being hasty in issuing statements on the tabling of the Private Member’s Bill on the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
He said the heads of BN component parties should exhibit a higher level of understanding of matters and not be swayed by pressure from the DAP.
“It is not nice when senior leaders say they want to resign if (the Bill) is passed in Parliament,” he said, adding that the leaders should try to understand and not fumble as though there was no unity among them.
Annuar, who is also Mara chairman, spoke to reporters after a tour of the Kuala Kangsar Mara arcade here.
He said every MP had the right to ask Abdul Hadi, who was Marang MP, to provide an explanation before the Bill was debated in Parliament in October.
“The government is not bound by the tabling of the Bill because we have five options – support by way of whip, reject by way of whip, support or otherwise, vote on own free will, or abstain.
“We will let Abdul Hadi table the Bill. We can study or reject the bill during the debate in Parliament,” he said.
Abdul Hadi tabled the Private Member’s Bill on May 26. It seeks 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.
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.