Speaker rejects Amanah’s alternative Shariah Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

dewan_rakyat_signpost_2015_-_parliament_reportKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — Parti Amanah Negara’s (Amanah) bid to table its alternative Bill to enhance the Shariah courts failed to pass muster at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Kota Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud told reporters at Parliament that Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected her motion, filed on October 11, as it did not fulfil Section 23(1)(h) of the Standing Order, which bars asking questions to gain an opinion as a solution to an abstract or hypothetical legal case.

But Dr Siti disputed the Speaker’s grounds for rejection, insisting that she had not filed it as a question as alleged but as a private member’s Bill.

“The reason under 23 (1) (h) is not viable as it is on questions and not motions. I think the reasoning is not a real reason,” she said.

However, the Amanah women’s wing chief said she will not be appealing the Speaker’s decision, claiming it was pointless. Read more