Abang Jo: BN's decision not to table bill to amend Act 355 done rationally

ADIB POVERA


PETRA JAYA: Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders had deliberated rationally before making the decision not to table Pas’ private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg, who is also Sarawak BN chairman, said the discussion over the Government’s decision on whether to support or to give the bill a pass was made based on facts.

“The discourse was not emotionally driven. We (BN leaders) justified our concern with facts,” said Abang Johari in his speech when handing over rewards by Yayasan Sarawak to excellent Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination scorers here today.

Abang Johari said Sarawak BN leaders had expressed their concern over “elements of injustice” in terms of punishment among offenders if the bill was passed.

On Wednesday, BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had announced that the government will not table the bill to amend Act 355 “in line with our policy and practice of deliberating based on consensus”.