BINTULU: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Tiong King Sing feels the private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 should be discussed “objectively and rationally”.
He cautioned against using it as political mileage, according to a Borneo Post report.
The Bintulu MP said this after launching a branch of the party at Rumah Bana Jampong in Serakit Sebauh.
“Many think, without a closer look at the bill, that it is about hudud law,” said Tiong. “It has nothing to do with hudud.”
All parties need to be “careful and rational”, he added. “The bill aims to increase the sentence imposed by the Shariah Court.”
Explaining his party’s stand, he said: “We have been accused of betraying non-Muslims.”
He said there was a need to respect the wishes of Muslims on the bill, “if what was proposed does not affect non-Muslims”.
Meanwhile, Tiong said the PDP had dropped “Sarawak” from its name to expand to the peninsula, beginning with Johor and Selangor.
The change would encourage Sarawakians in the peninsula to sign up with the party, he said.
“The love for our home state remains strong in our hearts,” said Tiong. “By dropping Sarawak in its name, it does not mean that PDP does not love the home state,” he was quoted as saying.
The party had the support of the Barisan Nasional to drop the word “Sarawak” from its name, disclosed Tiong. “We discussed the matter in Kuala Lumpur recently.”