May tabling for hudud Bill

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill did not make it for debate as the Dewan Rakyat adjourned for the day.

His Bill will have to be re-submitted during the next sitting in May.

Earlier, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of parliamentary affairs Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim confirmed that there was no indication from the day’s order of proceedings that Abdul Hadi’s motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisidiction) Act 1965 would be read by the time the sitting ended last night.

“Yes, the (motion to table the) Bill has lapsed. But, this matter concerns the Speaker. He will make a decision on that,” Shahidan told reporters at Parliament lobby.

Earlier in the day, Shahidan had moved a motion to set the day’s business, where debates would centre around amendments to the Sedition Act 2015 and amendments to the Members of Parliament Remuneration Bill 2014.

A motion by the Home Ministry on dangerous drugs and four other motions by the Finance Ministry from a total of 16 listed were allowed to be moved.

Abdul Hadi’s Private Member’s Bill was the last order of the day, listed at number 16, with the Dewan Rakyat agreeing to adjourn proceedings after item eight was debated, which was a motion by the Finance Ministry on expenditure.

Abdul Hadi had submitted the Bill to Parliament on March 18, much to the dissatisfaction of his party’s Pakatan Rakyat allies DAP and PKR.

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