KOTA BHARU: PAS Vice-President Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said today the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposes to enhance the powers of the shariah courts.
He said those who spoke out against or criticised the Bill did not understand why it was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat.
He also said that the Bill only involved Muslims.
“We brought the Bill to enhance the powers of the shariah courts so that they can impose heavier penalties for offences.”
He said these courts could now only impose jail sentences of up to three years, a fine of RM5,000 and six strokes of the cane.
Mohd Amar, who is also Kelantan deputy menteri besar, was speaking to reporters after handing over keys to house-buyers in Taman Kurnia Jaya, Pengkalan Chepa, here.
He said the proposed amendment required the cooperation of the Federal Government because the government itself had the desire to enhance the shariah courts.
He also said that if discussions were held objectively over the next few months, many would be able to understand the matter.
“Many people were apprehensive and raised arguments when the government introduced Islamic banking and Takaful Islam, but they eventually saw the benefits and accepted it, including non-Muslims.”