PAS says ‘shocked’ Hadi’s Bill deferred

BY KAMLES KUMAR

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — PAS said today it was shocked by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia’s decision to postpone the debate of party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill today.

The Islamist party’s secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the party had prepared debaters for the proposed amendments to Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 and was caught off guard when Pandikar made the announcement.

“We didn’t know, we had prepared our speaker’s (for the debate). We were shocked,” he told reporters when met after the Bill was deferred.

PAS Youth Chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz also echoed Takiyuddin’s sentiments, claiming that the party was shocked with Pandikar’s ruling.

“The speaker’s decision to postpone the debate was quite shocking as we in PAS was prepared but Speaker made the decision using his powers,” he told reporters when met after the debate.

The Pasir Mas MP also hoped that when the debate in the next session will be longer so that a good debate from all sides.

“We hope that the next sitting would be longer so that all parties can debate it properly. It is an interesting debate that has gotten attention of the public,” Nik Abduh added.

Putrajaya yesterday rushed five federal bills and deferred four more in a marathon sitting that lasted 20 hours to pave way to the PAS president’s private member’s bill to amend Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act to be on top of order paper today.

However, after initial presentation and secondment of the bill, Pandikar deferred debates to the next session.