KUALA LUMPUR – Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia has deferred debates on the RUU355 Bill to the next Parliament sitting.
According to Malaysiakini, Takiyuddin finally ends his support speech after one and a half hours.
Pandikar then addresses the House and rules that the debate on Act 355 will be held in the next meeting.
“Someone once said if you are in power you are powerful. If you don’t use your power you are a bloody fool.
“Today I don’t want to be a bloody full, I want to exercise my authority, and rule that the debate will be held in the next parliament meeting,” he says.
This causes chaos to errupt in the house.
Amid the chaos Azalina Othman Said then moves a motion to end the parliament sitting early
State can opt not to enforce amendments to Act 355, Takiyuddin says.
“If Penang doesn’t want to implement the amendments, that is fine, they can use three (years jail), five (thousand ringgit fine) and six (strokes of the cane).
“If Sarawak doesn’t want to implement it, that is fine. This is optional, not mandatory,” he says.
Act 355 if amended, will only set the limit for punishment which shariah courts can dish out.
However it is up to individual states to amend their respective Islamic state laws whether they want to increase punishments to the limits defined by the amendments.
Takiyuddin reiterates that the Act 355 amendments have nothing to do with hudud.
“Whether it is hudud or not, it has nothing to do with non-Muslims, they’ve nothing to worry about,” Takiyuddin adds.
He adds that even in Kelantan’s hudud enactment, it clearly stated that the law does not apply to non-Muslims.
Takiyuddin says punishment meted out under the new amendments will be dealt accordingly.”Minor offences, they won’t get fined RM100,000, major offences (the judge) will put a RM100,000 fine.
“Same as caning. 100 canes (sounds like a lot, but 100 strokes of the cane (under syariah law) is lighter than one civil stroke,” Takiyuddin says.
He says he has personally seen how painful caning under civil law can be.
Opposition MPs are growing restless as Takiyuddin’s support speech enters the one hour mark.
Darrel Leiking (Warisan-Penampang) asks if there will be a time limit to Takiyuddin’s speech.
Meanwhile, Khalid Samad (Amanah-Shah Alam) asks if others will get a chance to a debate.
“Or is today for PAS and Umno?” Khalid adds.
Pandikar however, says he will not set a time limit, and that a debate will only be called once Takiyuddin finishes his support speech.
Takiyuddin says he will try to not waste time and limit people from interjecting.