Pakatan urges PAS to revamp hudud amendments to Kelantan Shariah enactment

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(Malay Mail Online) – Pakatan Rakyat today told coalition member PAS to “reconsider” changing proposed amendments to its Kelantan hudud bill, after the Islamist party shared the planned legislative changes with the opposition pact for the first time today.

DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo, who was present at the PR presidential council meeting today, said the planned amendments were essentially a whole new bill altogether and not just minor changes to the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code Enactment II 1993

“PAS has produced a copy of what they claim to be a bill they want to table in the Kelantan state assembly on March 18,” he told journalists after the meeting.

“But what they presented today was not just amendments, it is in substance a whole new bill.

“We have asked them to reconsider, and return with a (new) proposed amendment and we will take it from there.

“But for DAP, we are still against these amendments, and our stand remains that the implementation of hudud is impractical and against Pakatan’s common policy framework,” Gobind added.

PR is expected to release an official statement on the matter.

The Kelantan state government reportedly plans to table amendments to the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code Enactment II 1993 at the state legislative assembly on March 18.

Details of the proposed amendments, however, have not been made public nor have the PAS-led state administration shared copies of the bill with their PR partners until today.