If Pas wants Hudud, amend the Constitution


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.






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