Muhyiddin says still unclear what Shariah Bill is for

BY A. RUBAN
PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Hadi’s private member’s Bill must guarantee that those who break Shariah law do not face excessive punishment. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PETALING JAYA, March 14 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today disputed the PAS deputy president's claim that the former deputy prime minister supported Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's private Bill to enhance Shariah punishments.

The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president said both he and his party could not state their stand on the proposal as they did not have the necessary information to form an opinion.

“As a Pagoh MP, I'm still unclear of what the Bill is really about.

“The statement that I supposedly support the Bill didn't come from me; therefore, he (Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man) is inaccurate,” he told a news conference.

Tuan Ibrahim reportedly claimed that Muhyiddin supported the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.

PPBM information chief Datuk Kamaruddin Mohd Noor later said his party will make its official announcement soon on whether it supported the Bill.

Hadi is seeking to raise the Shariah courts’ maximum sentencing limits to 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the cane. The current limits are three years’ jail, RM5,000 fine and six strokes.