Former DPM’s son warns Malay Rulers of crisis arising from Shariah Bill

Source: The Malay Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — The son of the late Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman has written to the Conference of Malay Rulers to highlight the Speaker of Parliament’s alleged disregard of their authority over religious matters.

In a letter to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to convey the contents of his earlier writings to the royals, Mohamed Tawfik Ismail reiterated his insistence that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s so-called Shariah Bill must be approved by the Malay Rulers before it may be tabled in Parliament.

Tawfik told Pandikar that he notified the Conference that the Speaker refused to acknowledge this, which was among reasons he was suing to block the progress of the private member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355. Read more

PAS to apply new Shariah punishments in states it takes in GE14

Source: The Malay Mail Online

ALOR SETAR, April 27 — PAS will introduce higher Shariah sentencing limits in the five states the party aims to control after the next general election, PAS Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said today.

Nik Abduh said this was also contingent, however, on PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill being passed by Parliament.

He then urged the Islamist party’s youth wing to help realise Hadi’s ambition for PAS to rule five states and win 40 parliamentary seats in the next election.

“If it is fated that Act 355 is passed in Parliament, and PAS manages to rule five states in GE14, we actually have the powers to amend Shariah enactments at the state levels,” Nik Abduh said during his opening speech at the PAS Youth Muktamar here today. Read more

Reject Hadi’s Bill, G25 urges MPs

Source: The Malay Mail Online

G25 member Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim (pic) said the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang ran contrary to a fair and just legal system in the multi-racial country. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

G25 member Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim (pic) said the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang ran contrary to a fair and just legal system in the multi-racial country. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — G25 member Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim pleaded with federal lawmakers to vote against the private member’s Bill to raise Shariah sentencing that will likely be tabled in Parliament today.

Mohd Sheriff, who is also former Finance Ministry secretary-general, said the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang ran contrary to a fair and just legal system in the multi-racial country.

“The people’s representatives must reject RUU355 because it will harm national unity and destroy Malaysia’s image as a progressive country in the eyes of the law,” the member of the group of retired high-ranking civil servants said in a statement and using the initials of the Bill in Malay.

The government late last night deferred its remaining matters and effectively allowed Hadi’s Bill to appear at the top of the Order Paper today, making it likely to be debated at the Dewan Rakyat at noon.

Hadi’s Bill aims to raise the ceiling on Shariah punishments from three years’ imprisonment, six strokes of the cane and an RM5,000 fine to 30 years’ imprisonment, 100 strokes, and an RM100,000 fine. Read more

Dewan Rakyat: Hadi’s bill now first order of the day

Source: FMT News

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. Read more

Ex-DPM’s son says ‘Parliament dead’ as Shariah Bill emerges despite lawsuit

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Mohamed Tawfik Dr Ismail (pic) served the writ of summons on Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, and claimed then that it would be sub judice to allow the Bill to increase Shariah sentencing into the Order Papers. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri for MMO.

Mohamed Tawfik Dr Ismail (pic) served the writ of summons on Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, and claimed then that it would be sub judice to allow the Bill to increase Shariah sentencing into the Order Papers. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri for MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — Mohamed Tawfik Dr Ismail today accused the Dewan Rakyat Speaker of abuse by allowing a private member’s Bill into Parliament’s agenda while the former’s lawsuit to prevent this remains pending.

The son of former deputy prime minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman yesterday served the writ of summons on Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, and claimed then that it would be sub judice to allow the Bill to increase Shariah sentencing into the Order Papers.

“Today is a sad day for Malaysians. Today Parliament is dead and the nation is being driven down a dangerous path,” he said in a statement issued by his lawyers.

Tawfik went on to accuse Pandikar of “arrogance in the highest order” over his action, claiming it was a display of power by the latter.

He asserted that Pandikar betrayed his oath as Speaker to protect and preserve the Federal Constitution, in reference to Tawfik’s claim that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill was unconstitutional and in breach of parliamentary rules.

Tawfik then urged the public to condemn the Speaker as the elected members of Parliament were not prepared to do so.

Putrajaya early this morning deferred its remaining Bills to the next session of Parliament, effectively elevating Hadi’s Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill to the top of the Order Paper. It is now likely to be debated for the first time at noon. Read more

Bebas: Hadi’s bill not defeated yet

Source: FMT News

Secular activist group says it will not hesitate to mobilise public opinion against the shariah amendment bill if it is tabled. Pic from FMT News.

Secular activist group says it will not hesitate to mobilise public opinion against the shariah amendment bill if it is tabled. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Although the government is not taking over nor tabling the private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), the bill hasn’t been defeated says secular activist group Bebas.

Bebas member Azrul Mohd Khalib said support to amend the act wasn’t limited to PAS leaders and members.

“We have to recognise that this is not an issue that has support only from PAS.

“It is not a question for Umno to decide for Malaysia and Malaysians whether it is suitable.

“The Islamisation of our country is an agenda that is being championed by many individuals, parties and organisations.”

Azrul said the private member’s bill – pushed by PAS president and Marang MP Abdul Hadi Awang – was only one component of the agenda.

Even then, he said the government’s abandonment of plans to take over and table the bill doesn’t mean it has been defeated.

It still remained a private member’s bill on the legislative list and can be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat. Read more

PAS undeterred by government decision on shariah bill

Source: FMT News

Vice-president Idris Ahmad says the party will continue its fight till judgement day. Pic from FMT News.

Vice-president Idris Ahmad says the party will continue its fight till judgement day. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS today vowed to continue pushing for heavier penalties for shariah offences, a day after Prime Minister Najib Razak said the government would not table a bill to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act as announced ealier.

“We will fight for it till judgement day,” PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad told reporters at the Parliament today.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang tabled the bill, also known as Act 355, seeking to increase the maximum punishment on offences under shariah to 30 years’ jail, 100 lashes of the cane, and RM100,000 fine.

Idris brushed aside suggestions that the government’s decision would affect the party’s ties with Umno, saying there had never been one to begin with. Read more

Be clear on RUU355’s hudud elements, Ambiga tells Bill’s proponents

Source: The Star Online

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: If the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 do not introduce hudud law, it should be stated clearly in the legislation, said Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan at a public debate on Friday.

“The best way to protect everyone is to state it in the legislation. If you say it’s not hudud, then put it in the law,” Ambiga said in response to lawyer Lukman Sheriff Alias who had argued that the amendments being proposed through the Bill, better known as RUU355, did not introduce hudud.

Lukman and Ambiga were speaking at a public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas at PJ Live Arts, here, on Friday night. Read more

Debat RUU 355: Kanun Keseksaan unsur Kristian, umat Islam tiada pilihan

Sumber: FMT News

Langkah meminda undang-undang sedia ada untuk meningkatkan hukuman mengikut ajaran Islam akan membolehkan umat Islam menerima pakai prinsip-prinsip moral mengikut agama mereka, kata peguam Aidil Khalid, pendebat menyokong RUU 355.

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: Seorang ahli panel debat mengenai pindaan Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 mendakwa Kanun Keseksaan yang diguna pakai di Malaysia terdiri daripada unsur-unsur Kristian, namun umat Islam tidak pernah menjadikannya satu isu selama ini.

Sehubungan itu, peguam Aidil Khalid berkata, langkah meminda undang-undang sedia ada untuk meningkatkan hukuman mengikut ajaran Islam akan membolehkan umat Islam menerima pakai prinsip-prinsip moral mengikut agama mereka.

Beliau berkata demikian pada debat anjuran badan bukan kerajaan Bebas di PJ Live Arts di sini, malam tadi.

“Umat Islam di negara ini tertakluk kepada undang-undang sivil,” kata beliau semasa debat mengenai pindaan Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 (Akta 355) sambil menambah, beliau tidak pernah mengadu mengenainya, terutama peruntukan yang terkandung dalam Kanun Keseksaan. Read more

Shariah bill will be tabled by government, says Zahid

 

HAKAM Comment: DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the Shariah bill will be tabled by government and that the PM is committed to bring up the amendments without jeopardising other faiths.

We say please ensure extensive time is given to consider and debate this Shariah bill and allow all MPs to vote on it irrespective of party lines.

Source: FMT News

DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the PM is committed to bring up the amendments without jeopardising other faiths. Pic drawn from FMT News.

DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the PM is committed to bring up the amendments without jeopardising other faiths. Pic drawn from FMT News.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Prime Minister Najib Razak is deeply committed to bring up amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (also known as Act 355 or RUU355) without jeopardising the other faiths.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said: “The RUU355 will be tabled by the government itself in Parliament soon.”

He disclosed this in his speech when opening the Umno Branches Cluster Meeting at the Terengganu state level today.

Act 355 aims to enhance the powers of shariah courts but has been objected to by many parties.

The amendments are expected to be tabled in the present sitting of Parliament, with it being listed 7th in the Order Paper. Read more