Salor state assemblyperson Husam Musa has predicted that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or Act 355, will only be debated after the 14th general election.
The former PAS leader said this after Hadi this morning, on the last day of the current Parliament sitting, again tabled and deferred his motion, citing the need to allow time for it to be studied after certain changes were made.
Hadi had done the same on the last day of the May Parliament sitting, citing the need to give MPs time to review the motion.
Husam said the current state where the government prioritised Hadi's motion while he tables and then defers it was an "equilibrium point" that is beneficial to PAS, Umno and BN component parties.
"It is good for PAS as their approach will not be seen as a failure. It also creates a 'feel good' feeling to maintain the political relationship between PAS and Umno, particularly near the general election.
"Meanwhile, Umno appears honest and desiring to empower Islamic law. It will also not appear that the BN component parties are being played.
"It is an effective recipe. It creates a win-win situation for all three parties ahead of the general election with a smart partnership," he said in a statement today.
Umno's BN partners have vowed to oppose Hadi's motion with some leaders promising to quit the government if the proposed amendments are passed.
Husam said the general election would likely take place in March or April to prevent the motion from being debated which can disrupt this "equilibrium".
Ultimately, Husam said PAS is a partner of Umno and BN in this triangle equation of PAS, Umno and BN component parties.
"For those who still harbour hope that PAS will join the opposition coalition, they will be disappointed.
"Umno's objective is to get two-thirds majority with the help of PAS," he added.
Husam said the fate of Hadi's proposed amendments would only be known after the general election.
"Some people, particularly Muslim voters, will be trapped between the Act 355 amendment and real issues such as rising cost of living, corruption, abuse of power, national debt, threat of a financial crisis and the implication of China's geopolitical, economy, social and security influence on Malaysia," he added.- Mkini