SPEAKER Pandikar Amin Mulia’s decision today to adjourn the Dewan Rakyat was planned earlier, said PAS lawmaker Mahfuz Omar.
“It was already planned that the Dewan Rakyat would be adjourned after PAS was allowed to table RUU355 and explain what it was all about,” Mahfuz told The Malaysian Insight.
The Pokok Sena MP said he was told about this last night.
Pandikar adjourned the Dewan Rakyat session at 4pm after two PAS MPs spoke on RUU355, the bill by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.
Previously, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had also reportedly said the bill would not reach the voting stage.
PAS is proposing to increase the maximum shariah penalties to 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the rotan.
After Hadi tabled the bill, Kota Baru MP and PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan spoke extensively in support of the proposed amendments.
When he spoke, several Barisan Nasional MPs, including Rompin (Hassan Ariffin), Jerantut (Ahmad Nazlan Idris), Bagan Serai (Noor Azmi Ghazali), Setiu (Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh), Grik (Hasbullah Osman), Lenggong (Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah) and Sikijang (Anuar Abd. Manap) interjected to voice their support.
However, non-Muslim MPs from BN – Khoo Soo Seang (Tebrau) and Koh Nai Wong (Alor Gajah) – raised questions about the bill.
DAP lawmakers had been opposing the bill even before it was tabled. The position of the lawmakers from other Pakatan Harapan parties – PKR, Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia – was not clear.