Hadi thanks gov't for allowing tabling of Act 355 amendment

HANA NAZ HARUN


ALOR STAR: Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang today thanked the government for allowing him to table a bill to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) in Parliament, last month.

"We are thankful to the government and the Dewan Rakyat speaker for giving way (for the bill) to be presented, which is very meaningful to Islam," he said in his winding up speech at the party's 63rd Muktamar here, today.

Hadi's bill was presented in Parliament on April 6, the final day of the Dewan Rakyat sitting. Its debate was, however, postponed to the next Parliament meeting.

Hadi’s successful tabling of the bill led to suggestions that Pas is now cultivating a "different relationship" with the Barisan Nasional-led government, after decades of discord – something he denied.

"We work with them on things that are good, such as things that concern the people's welfare, but we are against matters that are not in line with Islamic teachings,” he said, citing Pas’ rejection, during the same Parliament sitting, of the government's proposal to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164).

"We rejected amendments to Act 164 because they are not suitable for our society – but Pakatan Harapan parties were agreeable to it," Hadi added.