Hadi’s Bill blazes trail for future Opposition efforts, says PAS MP

BY KAMLES KUMAR

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s successful tabling of his private member’s Bill sets a promising precedent for future bids by opposition lawmakers, said PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan

He also said Putrajaya’s effort to make way for Hadi Bill showed the health of the democratic process in Parliament.

“It is a good move because it’s the first private member’s Bill to be brought up by any MP. It is a good precedent,” he told reporters when met outside the Dewan Rakyat today.

The Kota Baru MP then sought to allay concerns over the Bill’s possible passage, saying it was still up to the individual states whether to apply the increased sentences.

PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan was seen tearing up in the House when Hadi tabled his Bill.

When approached by reporters after, the Temerloh MP said witnessing the “historic” event that has faced strong resistance had made him emotional.

“This is something that some non-Muslims have misunderstood. So, for me, I’m happy that they were just able to hear our explanation,” he said.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia today allowed Hadi to table his proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.