PETALING JAYA: In a repeat of events from last May, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill to enhance punishments the shariah courts can impose has been moved up the order paper in today’s agenda in the Dewan Rakyat.
This was revealed on social media this morning with a screenshot showing the online version of the Dewan Rakyat order paper listing Hadi’s proposal to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) as the first item.
On May 26 last year, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said submitted a motion to elevate Hadi’s hudud bill to increase its chances of being tabled.
The hudud bill submitted by Hadi was the 15th and final item in the day’s order papers, but the motion was moved up to be tabled after the government’s bills.
In an immediate reaction, Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin tweeted: “Parlimen rush through all bills till 5am, so today #RUU355 becomes no.1 on parlimen agenda!”
The PKR leader was referring to the Dewan Rakyat’s marathon session yesterday, which adjourned at 5.05am this morning, with many bills passed well into the early morning hours.
DAP’s Kasthuri Patto also noted how the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2016 had been deferred to July.
In a reply to a message on Twitter asking, “what happened to the bill that was supposed to stop unilateral conversion?”, the Batu Kawan MP tweeted “That’s been deferred to the next Parliament session in July”.
The Dewan Rakyat session resumes at 10am today with the amendment to Act 355 expected to be tabled by noon.