Only Putrajaya has the power to decide if PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill to augment the Shariah Courts’ powers can become law, PKR’s Rafizi Ramli asserted today.
The Pandan MP sought to allay public anxiety as the Bill has been listed on the Dewan Rakyat’s agenda at its sitting next week.
“Even if the motion will be allowed to be tabled, debated and voted by the Dewan Rakyat, the voting is only for the Bill to be referred to the relevant minister (in this case it’s Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom as he is the minister in charge of the Shariah Courts),” he said in a statement.
“Standing Order 49(4) clearly states that nothing will be done to the Bill if the relevant minister does not return to the Dewan Rakyat with a notice that a new Bill is to be tabled.
“Standing Order 49(5) on the other hand clearly states that only when a draft of the Bill is received, then only can it be tabled for second reading,” he added.
The drafted Bill will become an Act if it passes a second reading in the Dewan Rakyat, the Senate and is approved by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.
Rafizi claimed at the end of the day Datuk Seri Najib Razak will have the ultimate say if Hadi’s Bill can become law since Jamil Khir will take instructions from the prime minister.
The PKR lawmaker pointed out that Najib has yet to make his stand on the matter clear.
“That is why I have advised members of the public before, don’t fight over it because the only person with the power to determine if Bill proposed by Marang MP can materialise or not has been utterly silent,” he said.
PAS’ push for hudud and greater punitive powers for the Shariah Courts contributed to the split of the Opposition front.
The party is now seen closer to Umno in an apparent attempt to muster support for its Islamist agenda.
Rafizi said continuing to bicker over the matter will only benefit Umno.
He urged the Opposition to unite and pressure Najib to clearly state his position on the matter.
The Malay Mail Online