Pas to raise Shariah penalties in 5 states it aims to win in GE14

ARFA YUNUS


ALOR STAR: Pas will introduce higher Shariah sentencing limits in the five states it aims to take over if it wins them in the next general election (GE14), outgoing Pas Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said today.


However, the sentencing amendment will hinge on whether the move to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) is passed in the Dewan Rakyat, and if Pas manages to meet its target of winning at least 40 Parliamentary seats.


"If it is fated that Act 355 (is passed) in Parliament, and Pas manages to govern five states following GE14, we will have the power to amend the Shariah enactments at the state level.


"In addition, we can improve the people’s welfare with various socio-economic policies that are in accordance with Islam," he said in his speech during the 63rd Muktamar held at Kompleks Pas Kedah here, today.


The Pasir Mas MP added that Pas could meet its GE14 targets by fielding younger candidates, and winning support from at least 60 per cent of young voters in each seat.


Apart from retaining control of Kelantan, Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had said that the party is also targeting winning Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor and Kedah.


Pas is currently seeking to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as Act 355, to enforce punishment, except for the death penalty, provided in Shariah laws for Islamic offences listed under state jurisdiction in the Federal Constitution.


The bill, which was first moved by Pas President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, seeks to increase the Shariah Courts’ punishment caps to 30 years’ jail term, a fine of up to RM100,000, and up to 100 strokes of the cane.


Currently, Shariah criminal punishments are capped at three years’ prison, a RM5,000 fine and six strokes of the cane.