Sarawak Speaker: I would have dismissed Hadi’s Bill

KUCHING: Sarawak Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar says he would have dismissed the PAS Private Member’s Bill as it is unconstitutional.

He added that the Bill “flagrantly” violated Article 8 of the Federal Constitution.

Article 8 provides that all people are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law.

“What this amendment means is this. In a joint robbery by six persons consisting of three Muslims and three non-Muslims, upon conviction the three Muslims will lose their limbs and the non-Muslims will just go to prison,” said Mohamad Asfia.

He said that this would mean that there is discrimination against Muslims because the Muslims have their limbs amputated while the non-Muslims go to jail for committing the same crime.

“There is unequal treatment before the law because of religion,” he told reporters after a state Barisan Nasional pre-council meeting here on Sunday.

Mohamad Asfia added that this meant Muslims would be “singled out” by facing more severe punishments for the same offence.

As such, he said that the Bill need not be debated in Parliament as it is unconstitutional.

“It can be tabled but when it’s tabled, it can be dismissed,” he said.

Asked if he would have thrown out the Bill had he been the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, he said that he would do so.

“You can rule that it can be dismissed because it is unconstitutional,” he said.

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