KUALA LUMPUR – April 6, 2017: PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang finally tabled a motion on the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill in Parliament today despite interference by some opposition politicians.
The action of the opposition delayed proceedings for about 30 minutes, before the Marang Member of Parliament could table the motion as a Private Member’s bill.
The amendment proposes, among others, to boost the power of the syariah courts to mete out a jail term of up to 30 years, a maximum fine up of RM100,000 and caning of up to 100 lashes.
Currently, the courts are empowered to impose jail of up to three years, a fine up to RM5,000 and six strokes of the cane.
In response, activist Mohamed Tawfik Ismail, also a former MP, has condemned Parliament speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia over the tabling of the bill, better knwon as RUU 355.
In a statement, Tawfik accused Pandikar Amin of committing treason for ignoring the authority of the Conference of Rulers and the federal Constitution.
The bill was listed at the top of today’s Order Papers.
The proposed amendment has become a subject matter of a lawsuit by Tawfik against Pandikar Amin and parliament secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah.
“Today, Parliament is dead and the nation is being driven down a dangerous path,” Tawfik said.
“Parliament is dead when the speaker who took an oath to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution betrays the very oath he has taken as a member of parliament.
“The speaker plays politics, disregarding the Constitution and commits treason in ignoring the Conference of Rulers’ right to be consulted, before promulgation of any law that will divide us as a nation,” he wrote.
According to a report by The Star , DAP’s Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo had today brought up in parliament the matter of Tawfik’s lawsuit.
In response, Pandikar Amin decided that the rule of subjudice did not apply to the bill.
Tawfik further slated Pandikar Amin’s move as arrogance of the highest order.