SUNGAI BESAR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri says she will not attend Parliament on the day that the Private Member’s Bill to amend the Shariah Courts Act 1965, or Act 355, is put to a vote.
Nancy said she remained steadfast with her previous statement rejecting the bill as well as her support for the statement made by PBB President Adenan Satem.
“We live in a multiracial and multi-religious country. I remain steadfast with my president’s statement, considering that in Sarawak non-Muslims outnumber the Muslims,” she told reporters at SMK Sungai Besar here today.
“Not only do I reject it, I will not be there (Parliament) to vote.”
Adenan had said on Sunday that hudud will never be practised in Sarawak.
“We will not support the so-called hudud Bill. We are a multiracial country. Muslims only constitute 25 per cent (of Sarawak’s population). We are not Kelantan,” he said after chairing a meeting of the PBB supreme council.
“On principle, we are against the hudud Bill.”
Nancy said it was up to PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang, although she also commented that whatever PAS was trying to do was not to uphold hudud, but to increase the power of the Shariah Court.
“We must understand that hudud or no hudud, what they are trying to do is to increase the scope of power of the Shariah Court,” she said.
“What we have is enough. We do not need to add any more punishments. But if they are set on doing so, it’s up to them.”
On Sunday, Nancy reportedly said that there was a possibility of conflict with the Federal Constitution, especially with regards to human rights.
While Shariah was under state jurisdiction, Islamic authorities in Sarawak must give consideration to the state’s multi-ethnic, multi-religious nature.
Nancy, who is Batang Sadong MP, saw no need to increase punitive measures on Sarawak Muslims from the current limits. – FMT