PETALING JAYA – The amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or RUU355 are unlikely to be voted on during the present Parliament meeting, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).
The Deputy Prime Minister said, however, that this would be determined by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker.
He added that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill can only be tabled once government matters have been sorted out.
“This will depend on the Speaker and what he will decide on the Bills,” he told reporters after chairing Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation annual general meeting here held at a hotel on Saturday.
Abdul Hadi said Friday that he would proceed with RUU355 despite the Government’s decision not to take over the tabling of the Bill.
The Marang MP first tabled the Bill in May last year.
The Federal Government later said it would take over the re-tabling of the Bill, but decided against it following protests from several Barisan Nasional component parties.
MEANWHILE, according to the Sun Daily:
PETALING JAYA: The Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendments) Act 2016 or Act 355 will be tabled in Parliament this April 6, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today.
However, he said, it would be up to the discretion of Parliament Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
“RUU 355 will be tabled by the Marang Member of Parliament (Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang). We leave it to the discretion of the Speaker whether details on the amendments will be given adequately and be debated,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid, who is Malaysian Criminal Prevention Foundation (MCPF) chairman told this to reporters after attending the foundation’s 24th annual general meeting here today.
Also present were Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who is MCPF deputy chairman and MCPF senior chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
— ANN / Bernama