KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has given an assurance that it will not implement hudud in Kelantan even if proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 are successful.
Its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said Kelantan would stick to the proposed maximum punishment mentioned by party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang when tabling a tweaked motion to amend Syariah laws.
“We are not implementing the Syariah Criminal Code (II) 1993 in Kelantan.
“The proposed amendments will be used for the existing 1985 Syariah Criminal Code,” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
He added that the proposed amendments would cover offences such as zina (unlawful sexual intercourse), qazaf (false accusation) and syurb (alcohol consumption) under the 1985 enactment.
Hadi tabled a motion to introduce a Private Members’ Bill aimed at enhancing the Syariah court’s power to impose stiffer penalties for these offences.
Takiyuddin denied suggestions that the proposed amendments would pave the way for the implementation of hudud.
“We are not implementing hudud. The proposed amendments are not for hudud,” he said. Takiyuddin also noted that Hadi’s proposed amendments, if passed when tabled next March, would not automatically be enforced by Syariah courts nationwide.
“If Sabah and Sarawak don’t want to do so, they are free not to follow,” he added.
Takiyuddin said the Bill was solely a PAS effort. However, he noted that the Government will take over Hadi’s Bill after it is read for the first reading next year.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the Bill cannot be considered to have gone through the first reading.
“Private Member’s Bills are different from government Bills where a minister may give a day’s notice, after which the Bill is read out by the Parliament Secretary and considered to have undergone the first reading,” she said.