PETALING JAYA: The danger of running two separate judicial systems in Malaysia is more significant than PASâ€™ Private Membersâ€™ Bill becoming law, says PRS president Tan Sri James Masing (pic).
He was referring to the uproar in response to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awangâ€™s submission of the Bill in Parliament last Thursday.
â€œWhile discussing on the tabling of the Syariah Courts Amendment Bill by Hadi Awang, those involved get distracted by the term hudud and ignore the elephant in the room.
â€œThe â€˜elephantâ€™ is Malaysia having two judicial systems,â€ he said in a statement on Tuesday.
The two judicial systems are the Syariah courts and the civil courts, which jointly administer Malaysian law, though their jurisdictions have so far been separate.
â€œWere these two judicial systems agreed upon when Malaysia was formed in 1963? I donâ€™t believe we did!
â€œIf these two systems were not part of the bargain, then we are entering into new territory on the formation of Malaysia. Itâ€™s dangerous territory,â€ said Masing
He added that PAS should not look at tabling the Bill only from a Muslim perspective and that the â€œelephant in the roomâ€ should not be ignored, as doing so may â€œwreckâ€ the country.