PETALING JAYA: A controversial motion by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to provide wider powers for Shariah Courts is scheduled to be heard by the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow, after he failed in April last year for lack of time.
Hadi’s motion seeks approval of the house for him to table a private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act and provide greater powers for the Shariah Courts to handle criminal offences.
The motion is the second item of business on the Dewan Rakyat’s order paper for tomorrow (Thursday), which will be the last day of the sitting.
Last year, Hadi’s motion was given priority ahead of other government business, and he was able to propose the motion, which was seconded by PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.
However, no debate on the motion took place and the house erupted in uproar when the speaker adjourned proceedings sine die on a motion by the government’s parliamentary minister Azalina Othman Said.
Hadi’s motion must now be tabled for debate again, and Hadi must obtain approval of the Dewan Rakyat for the bill (commonly known as Act 355) to be tabled for second reading.
His proposed bill would allow the Shariah Court to mete out jail sentences of up to 30 years, or RM100,000 fine or up to 100 lashes of the cane for certain offences under the shariah penal code.
The law currently allows Shariah Courts to provide imprisonment of not more than three years, fine of not more than RM5,000, or not more than six lashes of the cane.