PAS to move for private Bill on hudud in Kelantan

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  • Thursday, 10 Apr 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is expected to move a Private Members’ Bill to pave the way for hudud penalties in Kelantan at the next Dewan Rakyat meeting in June.

PAS central working committee member Nasrudin Hassan said the 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 yesterday.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob had reportedly said the state government would draft two private Bills to provide wider powers to Syariah court judges to hear and mete out sentences under the Syariah Penal Code.

The other Bill is to allow Federal departments, like the police and the prisons department, to be used by the state government to enforce its laws because under Article 76A of the Federal Constitution, criminal laws like stealing, robbing, causing hurt, rape and murder that concern Syariah Criminal Laws, are under the jurisdiction of the Penal Code.

This followed the readiness of the Federal government to give way to states, including Kelantan, to implement hudud.

Despite objections and criticisms on the proposal by DAP, Nasrudin said PAS would go ahead to enforce the Islamic penal code and would respond only when it received “official complaints” from its ally.

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

In Kota Baru, the state government said it was hopeful of enforcing its Hudud Syariah Criminal Code by the end of this year.

State hudud technical committee chairman Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said the panel would complete the Bills by June, adding that they would first make the necessary improvement and get the necessary advice from law experts.

“We hope to complete both Bills by June to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat for approval. If there are no obstacles, we will implement hudud punishment by the end of the year,” Mohd Amar, who is Deputy Mentri Besar, told reporters after chairing the committee meeting at the Kota Darul Naim government complex yesterday.

Present at the meeting were state mufti Datuk Mohd Shukri Moham­med, Kelantan Islamic Affairs Depart­ment director Datuk Che Mohd Rahim Jusoh and state police chief Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman.

Under Syariah, offenders can be punished under either of three categories: hudud (fixed punishment), qisas (restitutory) and taazir (discretionary).

Hudud punishment is meted out for offences that include theft, robbery, fornication, intoxication, adultery, apostasy, false accusations, acts of indecency and rebellion against a legitimate government.

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