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Published: Wednesday April 9, 2014 MYT 1:53:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday April 9, 2014 MYT 2:19:38 PM

PAS targets June submission for Private Members' Bill on hudud in Kelantan

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (pic) is expected to propose a Private Members' Bill to enforce hudud laws in Kelantan, at the next parliamentary sitting in June.

Party central working committee member Nasrudin Hassan told The Star Online that the Islamist party was in the midst of drafting the proposal.

"We aim to submit it at the next sitting," said the Temerloh MP when met at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday.

Hadi will propose the Bill in his capacity as Marang MP.

Despite objection and criticism by the DAP over the proposal, Nasrudin said the party would go ahead with its plan to implement the Islamic penal code until it received "official complaints" from its Pakatan Rakyat ally.

"So far, we have only heard them through the media, but we have not received any official complaints yet. Only then we will discuss what their concerns are," he said.

PAS has drawn flak from former DAP chairman Karpal Singh especially, who has been a vocal critic on the move.

The long-term Bukit Gelugor MP, who is also a lawyer, described the move as "unconstitutional" and stressed that Malaysia should not be turned into an Islamic state.

Other leaders in the pact have also said that the hudud implementation was not within the Pakatan Rakyat consensus.

Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob was previously reported saying that PAS was planning to propose the Bill in Parliament, hoping that it would allow the state to enforce hudud laws as early as next January.

The meeting of the second parliamentary session ends Thursday and will resume on June 9.

Tags / Keywords: Government, politics, PAS, Islam, hudud

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