Govt axes parliamentary debate for Hadi’s Bill today

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — PAS’ proposed amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act, also known as Act 355, will not be debated in the Dewan Rakyat today despite being listed high up on the order paper in the last sitting for the 13th Parliament.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman tabled a motion that the House will adjourn immediately after debating a Ministry of Finance motion, not giving way for the private member’s Bill brought by Marang MP and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Hadi’s Bill was brought up in Parliament and read out twice before since it first appeared in the order paper three years ago.

It is unclear if the Bill will automatically return to the Order Papers after the general election, as Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia declined to rule on the matter. Read more