ALOR SETAR: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has expressed his gratitude to the Government for paving the way for him to table proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as RUU355.
In his closing address at the 63rd PAS muktamar on Monday, he reminded delegates that despite the Islamist party's political rivalry with Barisan Nasional, they should be thankful for the opportunity given to them.
"Remember what the Prophet Muhammad said, that those who are not grateful to others are not grateful to God.
"We will not forget this cooperation, and may the path forward be eased," he said.
Abdul Hadi, who is Marang MP, was allowed to table his Private Member's Bill to propose the amendments to existing Syariah laws on April 6, which was the final day of the last parliamentary meeting.
The motion was, however, adjourned by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia after Abdul Hadi read it out.
In a press conference later, the PAS president said the party's doors were always open to collaboration on Islamic matters.
"We take an open approach. We work together if it is good for Islam. Where it does not benefit Islam, we oppose.
"For example, we opposed Act 164, as we felt it would affect the rights of Muslims to practise their religion freely," he added.
Act 164 refers to the proposed amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976.
The Government had in April withdrawn from tabling the amendments, which includes laws against the unilateral conversion of minors, saying that it needed more time to study them in order to respect the rights and interests of all races.