Private Member's Bill to be tabled only by month's end

ADRIAN LAI


KUALA LUMPUR: Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's contentious hudud-linked Private Member's Bill may only be tabled in Parliament at the end of the month.

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said the Bill can only be tabled on March 26 at the earliest, as it has to give way to a string of government bills that have yet to be passed.

"This is (only) a Private Member's Bill, (so) government bills will be prioritised," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here today.

Wee also reiterated that MCA will continue to oppose the Bill as it is deemed as going against the Federal Constitution.

The Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 was moved by Abdul Hadi on May 26.

The bill seeks to amend the Act, also known as Act 355, to empower Islamic courts to enforce punishment, except for the death penalty, as provided in Shariah law for Islamic offences listed under state jurisdiction in the Federal Constitution.