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Tawfik Claims Pandikar Disregarded The Constitution

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KUALA LUMPUR – G25 member Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail today claimed the Dewan Rakyat speaker had disregarded a crucial matter of Constitution by placing the controversial Hudud-linked motion No. 1 in the Order Paper.

He claimed that Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia was being arrogant and was ignoring the Conference of Rulers right to be consulted before promulgation of any laws that allegedly divided a nation.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill to empower the Syariah courts jurisdiction was listed as the first matter in today’s Order Paper in the Dewan Rakyat.

“Today we must stand together to protect the nation and Parliament,” he said in a statement.

Tawfik had earlier filed a suit seeking to declare Abdul Hadi’s proposed motion as unconstitutional, claiming that it flouted Parliament procedures.

He had named Pandikar and its (Dewan Rakyat) secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah as defendants.

Abdul Hadi had proposed amendments to Section 2 of RUU355 is to increase the current “imprisonment of more than three years or fine of more than RM5,000, or more than six lashes” to “jail term of more than 30 years or fine more than RM100,000 or 100 lashes as administered in line with the syariah crimes”. – The Sun

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