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'No qualms to let BN table RUU355'
Published on: Sunday, March 19, 2017

CYBERJAYA: PAS has no qualms about cooperating and giving way for the Barisan Nasional government to table the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 Amendment Bill (RUU 355) in Parliament.

Its President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the party would, however, like to be given the opportunity to look at the draft of the Bill first.

"We have to see first what is the draft to be tabled and we do want it to be overlapping or conflicting.

"In fact, we want cooperation in matters concerning the interests of Islam and the Syariah Court without (adversely) affecting the non-Muslims. That is the approach we want," he said.

Abdul Hadi told this to reporters after delivering a keynote address at the Malaysian Professional Convention, here, Saturday.

On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Government would table the bill in Parliament soon.

In another development, Abdul Hadi denied having made the statement, viralled on the social media, that PAS only wanted to win certain states in the 14th general election, and the remaining to be given to Umno.

"I never issue such a statement. It is the future, how to know 10 or three states, that is general election results, we cannot make decision before it is held. Only that, in principle, PAS wants to win 40 seats and PAS will be the deciding factor in the country's politics," he said.

Meanwhile, in KUCHING, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the Sarawak Government has stated its stand on the Private Member's Bill seeking to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said their stand was conveyed to Najib after he (Abang Johari) had met up with the Sarawak Members of Parliament on the matter.

"I have met with them (Sarawak parliamentarians), we (Sarawak) have our own position and I have communicated it to the Prime Minister, and he will announce it (Sarawak's stand). This is not a decision by the Sarawak Members of Parliament, but it is Sarawak's position," he said.

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