KUALA LUMPUR: PAS’ Private Member’s Bill is listed again in the parliamentary order paper even though there is a court case on the matter.
The bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 — also known as RUU355 — was listed today as the fourth item on the list, behind three government Bills, for second reading and debate.
The Bill seeks to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to give syariah courts the power to mete out harsher punishments.
Moderation advocate Mohamed Tawfik Ismail had claimed that it would be sub judice and contempt of court if this bill is tabled in this parliamentary meeting.
The Star Online reported that it remains unclear whether the bill will see the light of the day.
Last March, Tawfik had filed an application seeking to declare the bill as unconstitutional and that it flouted Parliament procedures.
Tawfik had named Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Dewan Rakyat secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah as defendants in his suit.
On Feb 22 this year, the High Court refused Pandikar Amin’s bid to strike out the suit.