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If Pas wants Hudud, amend the Constitution

18/06/2015

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Gerakan’s Youth Deputy Chief, Andy Yong Kim Seng pointed out that PAS President Hadi Awang has changed the motion for a Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act, 1965 (Act 355). He noted that the desperate and discreet amendment by replacing the sentence “sesuai dengan kehendak Islam…” to “melainkan hukuman mati” in the amended Bill showed that Hadi has made attempt to circumvent its unconstitutional aspects in the previous Bill submitted to the House.

“Compared to the previous Bill, the controversial amendment in the proposed Section 2A suggested that Hadi was aware of the unconstitutional aspects in the previous Bill as Syariah Court has no jurisdiction on criminal offences let alone the power to mete out the death sentence,” said Andy Yong

Andy Yong maintained that despite Hadi’s superficial attempts to amend the Bill, it is still unconstitutional. He pointed out Clause 2 seeks to amend Section 2 of Act 355 to replace the existing provision on the subject of the Shariah Court’s jurisdiction over a person professing the religion of Islam.

“It was Hadi’s bid to remove the legal blocks to the rollout of hudud in Kelantan. Though the Bill is unlikely to be tabled again this time (listed 28 on the Order Paper) we are far from safe as he will bring forward to the next sitting,” said Andy Yong

“I believe if Hadi or PAS wants to implement Hudud so badly, why not conduct it in a legal and gentleman manner by amending the Federal Constitution beforehand instead of just amending the Act 355,” challenged Andy Yong.

民青团署理团长杨锦成指出,伊斯兰党主席哈迪阿旺改写其私人法案,以寻求修改1965年回教法庭法庭第355条文。他说,哈迪这项出乎预料积极和谨慎的举措,以“除了死刑”取代“符合伊斯兰宗教需求…”句子的修正,显示出哈迪企图掩盖早前提呈给国会的私人法案中的违宪之处。

“相较之下,针对第2A条款作出具有争议性的修正说明哈迪早已经意识到先前法案里的违宪之处,因为伊斯兰法庭并没有权利管辖刑事罪,更别说判决死刑,”杨锦成说。

杨锦成认为,尽管哈迪尝试表面性的修改该法案,但它还是违宪的。他指出,该法案的第2条款尝试修改355法令的第2条文,以取代现今条款关于伊斯兰法庭对于信奉伊斯兰教徒的司法管辖权限。

“哈迪正尝试除去在吉兰丹实行伊刑法的法律障碍。尽管该法案不大可能在今次国会议程中提呈和辩论(列议事日程表第28条),这还不足以让我们感到安全,因为他会持续把法案带到下一次议会,”杨锦成说。

“我相信如果哈迪或伊党如此坚决地要实行伊刑法,为何不尝试以合法和绅士风度的方式,通过修改联邦宪法而不是仅仅修改355条文,”杨锦成向哈迪提出挑战。

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