Zahid confident Pas' Private Member's Bill won't be put to the vote

Farezza Hanum Rashid

SUBANG JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is confident that there will not be a voting on Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill.

He said today the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) is expected to be tabled in Parliament by the Pas president as a Private Member’s Bill.

“However, it is up to the Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, to allow the tabling or not.

“If it is tabled, it will be done after all government matters are settled which is on the last day of Parliament’s sitting.

“Whether Hadi’s explanation is satisfactory or whether it will be debated is up to the Speaker’s discretion,” Zahid said after chairing the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) 24th annual general meeting and executive council meeting today.

Commenting on former Umno MP Tawfik Ismail taking legal action over the matter of tabling the bill, Zahid said it was Tawfik’s right as a citizen but he should know that the Parliament has its own law and order.

Tawfik had reportedly filed a suit seeking to declare Hadi’s bill unconstitutional, claiming that it flouted Parliament procedures.

He named Pandikar and Dewan Rakyat secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah as defendants.