PETALING JAYA: The proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355) are not in line with the Federal Constitution, said Gerakan Youth deputy chief Andy Yong.
Yong, who is a lawyer, will explain his views on the matter at a rally protesting the proposed Syariah Courts amendments here today.
“I believe this proposed Bill is a back-door attempt at pushing for the implementation of hudud law in Malaysia.
“I will also share my experience with Gerakan since 2015, when we voiced out against PAS for trying to push for hudud in the state of Kelantan, which it controls,” he said.
In 2015, the Kelantan legislative assembly passed an enactment for the application of hudud laws on Muslims upon its implementation.
The Syariah Criminal Code II 1993, better known as the hudud, qisas and takzir laws, have not been implemented for more than 20 years due to legal constraints.
Gerakan filed an originating summons in the High Court in Kelantan at the time, seeking a declaration of revocation of the 1993 enactment.
Eight other speakers are expected to join Yong in sharing their views at the rally today, including lawyer and activist Siti Kasim, former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, lawyer Nik Elin Nik Rashid and activist Haris Ibrahim.
The rally, organised by NGO Bebas, is being held to protest the proposed amendments tabled in the Dewan Rakyat through a Private Member’s Bill by PAS president and Marang MP Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Yong claimed that the entire process of getting the proposed amendments to become part of the legislation showed PAS’ insincerity.
“People need to know about the multiple amendments made before the Bill was read in Dewan Rakyat in the last session, and I will address that in my speech,” he said.
Hadi had read out an amended version of his Bill in Parliament in November last year, but has deferred its tabling and debate to the upcoming sitting in March.
The rally will be held at the Taman Jaya Park, opposite Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya, from 3pm to 5pm.