PBRS welcomes gov't decision not to table bill to amend Act 355

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR


PUTRAJAYA: Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) welcomed the government‘s decision not to table the proposed amendments on the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

PBRS president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup he thanked the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for his wisdom and leadership in handling the sensitive issue.

“It was an outcome based on consensus within the BN which again underscores the ruling coalition’s solidarity and mutual respect.

“More importantly, we can all move on to attend to other important priorities which are closer to the hearts and minds of the people.

“PBRS has been firm in defending and safeguarding the Federal Constitution within the context of a multiracial multicultural society, we celebrate the spirit of 1Malaysia and we embrace moderation as our guiding light towards making Malaysia a greater nation for future generation,” he said in a statement today.

Joseph said as the PBRS president, he is confident that BN’s collective leadership will continue to be the best power sharing model that will ensure the country’s stability, unity and prosperity.

On Wednesday, Najib had said that the government will not table the bill, in line with BN’s policy and practice that the party makes decisions based on consensus.

Najib said the bill would remain as a private member’s bill, which was first moved by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in Parliament on May 26 last year.