Gov't's move on RUU355 of no hindrance to us: Pas

MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW


KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s move not to take over the Private Member’s Bill to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or RUU355, is of no hindrance to Pas.

Pas information chief Nasrudin Hassan said the party is ready to table RUU355 as a Private Members' Bill any time, and is ready to debate the matter at any time.

"The decision by the government not to take over the bill returns it unscathed to its original format.

"God willing, Pas will go ahead with the move without any hindrances.

"Pas is ready to table, and subsequently debate, the RUU355 as a Private Members' Bill," he said in a statement today.

Pas is currently seeking to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to empower the Shariah Courts.

The bill seeks to amend the Act to empower Islamic courts to enforce punishment, except for the death penalty, provided in Shariah laws for Islamic offences listed under state jurisdiction in the Federal Constitution.