Hornbill Unleashed

April 22, 2017

Despite Anwar’s stand, Sabah, S’wak PKR reject Hadi’s bill outright

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:31 AM

PKR’s Sabah and Sarawak branches said the only agreement they have with the statements on the PAS president’s private member’s bill is that it is his right to table it.

“We refer to the various statements issued by our PKR leaders concurring with (PKR de facto leader) Anwar Ibrahim in ‘respecting the rights’ of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to table the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

“These statements have been received negatively in Sabah and Sarawak and misconstrued by some in that we in PKR support the said bill.

“We agree that Hadi Awang, or indeed any MP, has the right to table a bill, but that is the extent of our agreement,” PKR Sabah chief Christina Liew and PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian said in a joint statement today.

“With respect, we differ with the view that the bill is merely to empower the syariah courts.

“We are opposed to the bill in its current form as it is clearly a means to pave the way for hudud to be imposed, which would in effect be introducing a dual criminal justice system, as explained by professor Shad Faruqi in his piece ‘Enhancing syariah courts’ powers’, published on June 9, 2016, in The Star.

“This is unconstitutional, as it would violate Article 8 of the Federal Constitution, which guarantees equality for all,” Liew (photo) and Baru said, citing the agreement on the formation of Malaysia between the two Borneo states and Malaya.

“In line with the autonomy enjoyed by Sabah and Sarawak PKR, we hold firm to our view that the objective sought to be achieved by the Act 355 (amendments) is unconstitutional and breaches a fundamental term of the Malaysia Agreement.

“We therefore remain opposed to the bill, or any similar bill in the future, which may threaten the secular Malaysia our forefathers agreed to form in the first place,” they said.

Anwar, weighing in on the debate over Hadi’s bill, said PKR respected the PAS chief’s right but preferred a select committee on Act 355, which he said should look at various aspects of the syariah courts and not just on the punishments as proposed by Hadi.

Hadi’s bill was tabled after Kelantan PAS passed its hudud enactment in 2015 in an assembly comprising a PAS-Umno majority.

At that time, Hadi had admitted the bill was to remove federal obstacles to Kelantan implementing the enactment.

“We want to test Muslims so that they understand and support this bill to allow Kelantan to implement hudud.” Hadi was reported saying in 2015.

Source : @ Malaysiakini



  1. May we remind Zahid Hamidi that there was no religious bigots and extremism in Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity in Malaysia. The political elements in UMNO Baru and PAS have been fanning religious hatred and making baseless lies against other faith. Zahid should study the hate speeches of Zakir Naik broadcasted to fanatic Muslims worldwide and revoke his PR immediately. Zakir has been wanted by the authority in India for his subversive activities.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — April 23, 2017 @ 8:34 PM | Reply

  2. Sarawakians and Sabahans are very happy with the firm and principled stance taken by DAP and PKR Sarawak and Sabah with regard to Hadi Awang ‘s private motion or more specifically known as RUU 355. DAP at national level had also objected to the amendments of RUU 355 as it is unconstitutional and against the 20 and 18 points Malaysia Agreement signed between the federation of Malaya, Britain, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak. Umno Baru and PAS had been using religion and race to win more votes under the Malay supremacy agenda.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — April 22, 2017 @ 7:31 PM | Reply

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