Hornbill Unleashed

November 25, 2016

Baru wants state to stand firm against amendment of Act

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

Baru BianBa’ Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian yesterday urged the state government to be steadfast in opposing the amendment of the Syariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

According to him, the passing of the Bill would create two sets of criminal laws in the country which is unhealthy.

He also argued that the founders of the nation never intended to have two sets of criminal laws and their wish must not be betrayed.

“I do hope that MPs from Sarawak and Chief Minister stand firm on the matter (Syariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) because no matter how they modify it, the Bill will have some elements of Hudud law,” Baru told a press conference at State Legislative Assembly (DUN) media room yesterday.

He asserted that the bottom line of the Bill would see two sets of criminal system in the country, and reiterated that the country must have only one criminal system for all citizens to be equal before the law under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution, regardless of religions.

The state PKR chairman said the party stands firm with its decision to oppose the Bill and hope that the government make similar stance.

“We understand that the Bill has been adjourned and a proposal for a select committee, but whatever it is our position and stand

remain the same to reject it … our stand is very clear that there shouldn’t be two or double criminal system in Malaysia,” he stressed.

Baru also said that he was not convinced by the promise of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that the Bill would not affect non-Muslims.

“That is his (Zahid) assurance..at the moment the way it is being drafted, we are not convinced as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

Source : The Borneo Post Online



  1. Something very fishy about PAS and Umno Baru. They will continue to play games with PKR and Bersatu until the 11th hour of GE 14. Only idiots give those religious bigots the benefits of doubts. Umno Baru ‘s only hope of surviving the next general election hinges on PAS not contesting on seats Umno lost marginally in the last general election. In a desperate last attempt,Umno Baru must be seen on the same side of PAS regarding hudud.

    Comment by Simon Abbey — November 25, 2016 @ 6:24 PM | Reply

  2. Zahid Hamidi of UMNO Baru has absolutely no business using government resources jet setting from Putrajaya to and forth Sarawak and Sabah to explain a private motion on Hadi Awang ‘s hudud. Why must Zahid Hamidi from UMNO Baru went around on behalf of Hadi Awang of PAS to reassure non Muslim MPs and the State government of Sarawak and Sabah that the amendment or empowerment to the Syariah Court Act 355 would not affect non Muslims. But he failed to assure Sarawak and Sabah lawmakers that the amendment sought by PAS’s Hadi Awang would not infringe upon the Constitution. Sarawakians have every right to ask Adenan Satem and all MPs from Sarawak the real intention of Zahid Hamidi when he was the one representing UMNO Baru controlled BN government and not Hadi Awang who was explaining the private motion submitted by Hadi Awang of PAS .

    Comment by Mata Kuching — November 25, 2016 @ 1:12 PM | Reply

    • Zahid has somehow managed to get Adenan to support the Hudud bill?

      Comment by almaz — November 28, 2016 @ 10:27 AM | Reply

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