KUALA LUMPUR: PAS admits its Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act will have little chance of getting passed following the Government’s decision not to take over the proposed Bill.
However, party vice-president Idris Ahmad said: PAS will continue to push for the Bill until kiamat (judgment day).
Asked if PAS felt cheated over the turn of events, Idris said the party has no problem with that.
“It is the rakyat who will evaluate them,” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
The Islamist party will now go back to its original plan of getting president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to present the Bill in Parliament, said party ulama chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed.
“We tried to cut the rivalry with Umno by practising mature politics. But it is now clear where Umno stands. This is not very surprising,” he said.
He conceded that it would now be difficult to have the Bill passed, but said the first step had already been taken when it was allowed to be tabled and debated.
PAS Youth chief Nik Mohd Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said the party remains hopeful that the Bill would be tabled, as the Speaker had previously allowed it to be listed in the Order Papers.
PAS Dewan Ulama information chief Nasrudin Hassan said the party was unfazed by Barisan’s decision.
He said the only difference now was how the Bill is arranged in the Parliament Order Paper.
“If it had become the Government’s Bill, it would have been made a priority. If it remains a Private Member’s Bill, then the decision lies with the Speaker.
“We have always been on standby mode for the debate in the Dewan Rakyat,” he said.