KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 19, 2016: Opposition supporting netizens, it seems, are confused and questioning Parti Amanah Negara’s (Amanah) move last week in parliament to propose another hudud-linked Bill.
The main reason is that they see this Bill as similar to the one proposed by PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang in May and is now before the house.
They have voiced their criticism of Amanah at Facebook and demand that the grouping sorts out itself.
Amanah’s proposall, which seeks to empower and strengthen the syariah courts, was submitted by Kota Raja Member of Parliament Dr. Siti Mariah Mahmud. It could appear in parliament’s order paper next week.
Amanah communications director and Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad describes the Bill as a more holistic alternative to Hadi’s Bill.
“We talk about empowering the syariah courts, not just by enhancing the punishment but also efficiency. It’s more holistic.
“Hadi’s Bill seeks to amend Act 355, which is not what we are aiming for,” Khalid said.
Amanah’s proposal also calls for the formation of a council comprising legal and religious experts to discuss the best ways to strengthen the syariah courts.
Facebooker Ahmad Pazil Md Isa doesn’t understand the need to propose a new Bill. “Wouldn’t it be overlapping? And did they get Pakatan Harapan’s prior approval? This is confusing because the DAP is against Hadi’s Bill in the first place.”
Tan Tar also doesn’t see the need for two almost similar proposals. “Are Pakatan’s non-Muslim parties okay with it? But wait, can this be another tactic by the opposition?”
Faizul N A Rahim wants Khalid to explain how the new Bill is better than Hadi’s. “This is not something that can be chatted about. You can’t simply say that whatever you do is better than your opponent’s. At least have the courtesy to iron it out to us.”
Joseph Steven chided that Amanah should be mulling on more serious issues. “I’m sorry to say this but is another Syariah Bill more important than other critical issues right now? There are a lot of illegal migrants here taking over our job opportunities and a lot of other issues prevailing. Come on Amanah, think rationally.”
The Mole tried but could not get further clarifications from Amanah leaders.