PAS president Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Hadi Awang will table for a second time a tweaked version of his initial proposed amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 this week in Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.
However, the private member’s Bill will not be adopted by the government as the Cabinet will set up a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to further discuss the proposed amendments.
“The PSC will include non-Muslim MPs as well,” he said, after briefing Muslim lawmakers regarding Hadi’s proposed amendments in Parliament today.
He said that the new version of the private member’s Bill, which was initially tabled in May this year after the government helped expedite it, would include some suggested amendments mentioned during recent discussions.
However, both Zahid and Islamic affairs Minister Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom insisted that the Bill does not infringe on non-Muslim rights, and also that it does not include any new offences in its list.
“It’s been 32 years since the last amendment was made to Shariah Court punishment limits,” Jamil Khir said.
The current limit for Shariah punishments are a fine of RM5,000, a jail term of three years and six strokes of rotan.
Source : RAM ANAND@The Malay Mail Online