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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cops to provide security for Act 355 rally

Police will be on duty to ensure security at the Himpunan RUU355 which will take place from 3pm to midnight at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur this Saturday.
The rally is held to galvanise support for PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's private member's bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355).
"Police will provide security by deploying sufficient number of personnel," Dang Wangi police chief Mohd Sukri Kaman said in a statement.
Dataran Merdeka and part of Jalan Parliament will be closed from 8am Saturday until midnight, he added.
"We hope the organisers will ensure participants adhere to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and orders by police on the day," he said.
The rally is organised by PAS and several other NGOs, with cabinet minister Jamil Khir Baharom reported to attend.
The government said it will take over Hadi's bill when Parliament convenes next month.

Hadi's Bill was originally touted to be the enabler for Kelantan to implement its hudud enactment, though the bill has since been amended and has been resold as a law to strengthen the Syariah courts by upgrading its ability to punish to present offenses.
This was after resistance from BN components.
As it stands, the bill seeks to increase the punishments that the syariah courts can mete out, that would be closer to the stipulated sentence under hudud for certain offences.
It seeks to increase the maximum punishment from three years' imprisonment, RM5,000 fine and six strokes of the rotan to 30 years' imprisonment, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the rotan.- Mkini

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