The bill tabled by Hadi is specific on the number of strokes of caning for certain offences and confined to Muslims in Kelantan
KUALA LUMPUR – May 27, 2016: Contrary to what has been reported by the press, the controversial Hudud bill tabled in Parliament yesterday has nothing to do with the implementation of Hudud law.
Instead, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today clarified that the bill’s actual aim is to enhance the punishment of caning.
Najib explained that Pas president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, via the private members’ bill, seeks to increase the number of strokes of caning from six to many more for some offences.
This is within the jurisprudence of the syariah courts and will only affect Muslims in Kelantan.
“The caning will be done in an Islamic way in order to mitigate any unnecessary wounds,” Najib explained to reporters at a press conference after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting.
News on the tabling of the bill had caused quite a commotion in both political divides, with many non-Muslim politicians lambasting Umno for allowing Pas to table the bill.
The main argument was that it was only a political ploy by Umno to garner support from Muslims in the country.
Kedah Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) executive committee member Leong Yong Kong even quit the party today to protest the tabling of the bill.
In reference to this, Najib said that such a reaction was due to a misconception that people have.
“Hadi and hudud have been coined so tightly to the point that when he stands up people just assume he is talking about hudud,” Najib remarked.
However, despite the tabling Najib pointed out that that it does not mean that the amendment Hadi was seeking was a done deal.
“It is not as simple as that…. to amendment syariah law there must be the consent of a state’s Islamic Council, the conference of rulers and parliament.”.
On whether Barisan Nasional supports the bill, Najib replied that BN will only declare its support if it has the consensus from component parties.
On the June 18 by-election in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar, Najib confirmed that the Umno candidates have been decided.
“We hope to win with a bigger majority this time and we hoped that the recent landslide victory of Sarawak BN will inspire Umno to do better.”
On corruption allegations as claimed by Wall Street Journal, Najib said the Bank Negara governor has lodged a police report.