Dewan may run out of time for Hadi’s bill

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PETALING JAYA: With government business taking priority, the Dewan Rakyat may run out of time to deal with a private member’s bill proposed by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, according to a federal minister.

Azalina Othman Said, the minister for parliamentary affairs, said in a press interview that the House would have only have two days left after the debate on the 2017 Budget estimates.

“According to the calendar, after debate on the Budget concludes, there will be two, three motions that are waiting to be passed,” she was quoted as saying.

Also on the agenda is a motion to suspend Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng for six months.

“We only have two days to finish all the business, I don’t know if there will be time unless all of us go overnight at Parliament,” she told the Sin Chew Daily newspaper.

The Dewan Rakyat’s current meeting runs until Nov 24. Six days are allocated for Bills and other government business, with only Nov 23-24 available for other matters.

Hadi has submitted a motion seeking the approval of MPs to table a private member’s bill to expand the criminal jurisdiction of state shariah courts.

His motion must first be debated by MPs and a vote taken. If the motion is approved, the Bill is considered to have been tabled but the relevant government minister must then seek a debate.

The Bill seeks to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 and allow state shariah courts to enforce any punishment except the death penalty provided under Islamic law for Islamic offences.