No hudud in Kelantan until Pakatan sees draft bills, PAS told


(MMO) – The PAS leadership has been issued an ultimatum — it cannot take one step further to achieve its hudud ambition in Kelantan without first presenting all draft bills on the Islamic penal code to the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) presidential council.

According to sources from the federal opposition pact, the bills, which include PAS’s proposed amendments to the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code Enactment II 1993 and its private members’ bills for Parliament, are to be presented to PR within a month.

The decision, which was agreed on during yesterday’s PR presidential council meeting, was made even as Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah reportedly said last Wednesday that PAS aims to table the amendments and two private member’s bills in the Kelantan state legislative assembly and Parliament respectively in March.

“There is no further action until we see the draft of the amendment of the Syariah Criminal Code that was passed in 1993,” a PR leader, who requested anonymity, told Malay Mail Online.

“Secondly, the enactment of the Criminal Code [originally] includes a clause — there is a choice when it comes to non-Muslims; they can choose between Islamic law and civil law.

“Now, they want to amend it so that it strictly applies to Muslims. The rest of it, they didn’t reveal to us. But we agreed they’d submit it to us,” he added.

The decision at the PR presidential council meeting — which saw PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s attendance — marks a small breakthrough as the Kelantan government had earlier refused to disclose the documents on the proposed amendments to the Syariah Criminal Code Enactment II to PR component parties PKR and the DAP.

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