KUALA LUMPUR: The parliamentary debate on PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill to enhance the powers of the Syariah courts has taken a break.
The debate will resume after lunch with Kota Baru MP Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
Abdul Hadi tabled the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or RUU355 at about 12.40pm on Thursday, after question time.
Abdul Hadi said that the amendments proposed would not affect non-Muslims.
He also said persons charged with offences under the Wildlife Act can be fined up to RM50,000, however the penalty was much less for a Muslim found guilty of spreading deviant teachings.
“For Syariah offences, if a Muslim is found to spread deviant teachings, the maximum fine is only RM5,000 (currently).
“Is this the value of a Muslim?” he said.
Abdul Hadi’s proposed amendments to Section 2 of RUU355 seek to increase the current “imprisonment of more than three years or fine of more than RM5,000, or more than six lashes” to “jail term of more than 30 years or fine more than RM100,000 or 100 lashes as administered in line with the syariah crimes.”
In November last year, Abdul Hadi tabled a “tweaked” motion of his Bill to empower the Syariah courts to impose stiffer penalties but he deferred it under Standing Order 15(5).