KUCHING: The Sarawak government has stated its stand on the Private Member’s Bill seeking to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said their stand was conveyed to Najib after he (Abang Johari) had met up with the Sarawak members of Parliament on the matter.
“I have met with them (Sarawak parliamentarians), we (Sarawak) have our own position and I have communicated it to the Prime Minister, and he will announce it (Sarawak’s stand).
“This is not a decision by the Sarawak members of Parliament, but it is Sarawak’s position,” he said at a press conference after launching the 1Malaysia Public Servants Housing Project (PPA1M) at Muara Tuang, here, on Saturday.
“This is because Article 8(1) states that all persons are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of the law. So, there must be no discriminatory penalties because we are equal,” he said.