PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's private member's bill is set to be tabled in Parliament again when the House sitting reconvenes next Monday.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said he was shocked when the Parliament order paper he received for the session of Oct 17 to Nov 24 showed the bill to be the fourth item on the list.
"Under the circumstances, the possibility that Hadi’s private member’s bill motion will come up for debate and voting either on Tuesday, or even on Monday, cannot be ruled out," he said in a statement today.
The three other items in front of Hadi' bill are Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin's motion to congratulate Malaysian Olympians and Paralympians for their performances, the Advocates (Sabah) (Amendment) Bill 2016 and a Treasury motion to convert a RM500 million loan to SME Bank into equity.
A private member's bill is normally placed at the bottom of the list and can only be moved to the top with the government's support.
The priority given to Hadi's bill was despite MCA president Liow Tiong Lai's warning last month for BN not to allow it to go to the floor.
Lim, who is also Gelang Patah MP, questioned if the BN component parties had made it clear during the BN supreme council meeting of the consequences if Umno unilaterally and arbitrarily supported Hadi's bill.
"In the circumstances, the continued silence of the presidents of MCA, Gerakan, MIC and Sabah and Sarawak component parties of BN on whether they have agreed on a BN consensus for Hadi’s bill is no more tenable.
"The time has come for all the BN component parties to break their silence on Hadi's bill," he said.
The bill seeks to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355, which limits the syariah court’s punishment to a maximum fine of RM5,000, three years’ jail or six strokes of the rotan.
The amendment seeks to remove these limits.
It is referred to as the ‘Hudud Bill’ as it would ultimately pave the way for the partial implementation of the Islamic penal code, specifically in PAS-ruled Kelantan, which has already passed an enactment to that effect.
For example, the punishment using the rotan under the enactment ranges from 40 to 100 strokes.
However, the Kelantan state enactment cannot be implemented as long as the punishment limits meted out by the syariah court remains.
Lim said equally shocking was the complete absence of 1MDB issues, which is presently a subject of global investigations, in the Parliament order paper,
"The first parliamentary business in the 25-day Budget Parliament should be a government motion, preferably moved by the prime minister himself, to debunk and refute the damning allegation that Malaysia has become a global kleptocracy.
"How can Malaysia take such a damning appellation of a 'global kleptocracy' so supinely, virtually lying down?
"It is still not too late for the prime minister to move such a motion as the first item of parliamentary business when Parliament reconvenes on Monday," he said. - Mkini