KUALA LUMPUR: The tabling of the Private Members' Bill on hudud in the Dewan Rakyat reflects the openness of the Government, according to Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.
The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the move was towards parliamentary reforms that were initiated at the current meeting.
"Such a Bill can be brought by any member of the Dewan Rakyat. The Gua Musang MP (Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah) brought a Private Members’ Bill on Dec 5, 1988, to amend the Societies Act 1966. The Bill was debated and voted upon," she said in a statement Thursday.
Azalina said the Government would remain committed to ensure that the institution of Parliament was continuously upheld and the democratic practice in the country was maintained.
PAS president and Marang MP Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang successfully submitted a Private Members’ Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) 2016.
The amendments, if passed, would allow the Kelantan government to impose hudud punishment, except the death sentence, for those convicted under Syariah laws.
Abdul Hadi's Bill had been listed as the last item in the Dewan Rakyat's Standing Order, but Azalina moved a motion to bring it forward for debate.
The Bill would be debated at the next October meeting in Parliament at Abdul Hadi’s request.