KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari has urged de facto Law Minister Nancy Shukri to reconsider her stand on the hudud Bill and vote against it, along with her other Sarawak colleagues. “I hope they will also live up to their promise,” he added in a statement.
Nancy’s decision not to participate in the hudud vote was akin to supporting Hadi’s Bill, he warned. “The passing of the Bill requires a simple majority of MPs present in chambers.”
In other words, he argued, any MP who is against the Bill and does not show up to vote, will in fact increase the chances of the Bill succeeding.
The MP said that he was disturbed to read media reports quoting Nancy as saying that she would not participate in the vote, should PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 be tabled in Parliament.
He pointed out that this was all the more “shocking” considering the recent Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak announcement that all component parties in the state “will not support anything to do with hudud”.
This position is in line with Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s pledge that Sarawak, with its multi-racial population, could not accept such a law, stressed Zairil.
Unfortunately, Nancy’s announcement that she would not vote either way was contrary to Sarawak BN’s stand.
In fact, for her to say that Hadi’s Bill was “none of her business” was grossly irresponsible, cautioned the MP. “The loss of her vote against the Bill may result in major and irreversible repercussions for the country.”
If the amendments are passed, it would mean touching on the current “3-5-6” limits of punishments imposable by the shariah courts, namely three years jail, a fine of not more than RM5,000 and six lashes, he noted.
In its place, shariah courts would have the powers to dispense any form of punishment permitted by Islam, other than the death penalty.
This would instantly enable most of the punishments prescribed under the two hudud enactments in Kelantan and Terengganu, continued Zairil.
Examples include 100 lashes for fornication, 80 lashes for sexual slander, 40-80 lashes for intoxication and an unspecified jail term and forfeiture of property for those deemed to be heretics and apostates. – FMT