Debate on PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s motion to amend the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as Act 355, has been postponed again.
The motion was originally listed as the tenth item on the Order Paper, behind government matters.
After International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed announced that four government bills will be postponed to the next parliamentary sitting, Hadi’s bill was pushed up to the sixth item.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Razali Ibrahim later moved a motion for the House sitting today to only end after five government bills and motions have been passed.
These include the second and third readings for the Armed Forces Fund (Amendments) Bill and the Securities Commission Malaysia (Amendments) Bill.
The other three items are Finance Ministry motions on the goods and services tax, customs duties, and excise duties.
After all five items are dealt with Dewan Rakyat will then be postponed until the next session, at a date to be confirmed, Razali said.
Hadi, too, is nowhere to be seen. He is believed to be resting following his heart surgery in May.
The government, in May last year, allowed Hadi to table a private motion. However, Hadi requested that the tabling of his motion be postponed.
During the following Dewan Rakyat sitting in November, Hadi against requested for a postponement.
The motion was eventually tabled on April 6. However, speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia postponed the debate and adjourned the Dewan Rakyat sine die, much to the chagrin of Pakatan Harapan MPs who wanted their say on the motion.