Perkasa applies to share its views on shariah bill suit


KUALA LUMPUR: NGO Perkasa today applied to be an amicus curiae (friend of the court) in a suit filed by Mohamed Tawfik Ismail on the tabling of proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355.

The court set May 23 to hear the application.

Lawyer Nizam Bashir, representing Perkasa, said this to reporters after case management of the suit, held in chambers before High Court judge Hanipah Farikullah.

Present during the proceeding were senior federal counsel Maisarah Juhari, who appeared for the defendants named in the suit, and lawyer Mansoor Saat, who represented Tawfik.

Tawfik had named Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia and its secretary, Roosme Hamzah, as defendants in the suit.

Nizam said the application by Perkasa was made on the grounds that it had the right to give its views on the proposed amendments.

Meanwhile, Mansoor said his client had submitted an objection on the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) representing Pandikar in the suit.

“The objection by the plaintiff for the AGC to represent the first defendant (Pandikar) is because the AGC belongs to the executive branches of the government and Pandikar belongs to the legislative branches of the government.

“So it is conflict of interest,” he said, adding that the court had fixed the same date to hear the matter.

Tawfik, who is former Sungai Benut MP, filed the suit on March 31 to seek a court declaration that a motion by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to amend the law was in breach of the Federal Constitution, as well as procedures and Standing Orders of the Dewan Rakyat.

He is also seeking a declaration that the proposed amendments were made without the consent of the Conference of Rulers.