KUALA LUMPUR: The Private Member's Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 has been pushed up four spots in the Order Paper on Thursday, the last day of the current Parliament meeting.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's (pic) Bill was initially No.10 in the order paper, but is now at No.6 after four Bills were deferred to the next meeting in October.
The four are the Employment Insurance (EIS) Bill 2017, the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Amendment) Bill 2017, the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (Amendment) Bill 2017 and the Stamp (Amendment) Bill 2017 (EIS).
However, it is unclear if the Private Member's Bill will be read or debated Thursday.
The controversial Bill moved by Hadi, who is also Marang MP, had unexpectedly turned up on the last day of the last two meetings.
On both occasions, the Bill read out by Hadi was deferred without being debated.
Many parties have expressed concern that the amendments would pave the way for implementation of hudud in the nation's secular system.
Under the proposed amendments, punishment for syariah offences will be increased to a maximum of 30 years in jail, 100 lashes and RM100,000 fine, from the current three years, six lashes and RM5,000.
Meanwhile, the EIS Bill, which was first tabled in Parliament last week, will see the creation of an insurance scheme for laid-off workers while increasing their re-employability following their job loss.
However, employers felt that the required contribution under the Bill was not proportionate to the amount of retrenched workers.
The Government then decided to postpone the Bill to allow for further consultation with stakeholders.