PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has postponed his plan to table a Private Member’s Bill to start the ball rolling for the party’s version of the hudud in Kelantan when the Dewan Rakyat meeting happens next month.
He said the move was to allow a state and federal technical committee to tackle a study on how the Islamic penal code would be implemented.
“Because of the formation (of the committee), the move to table the Private Member’s Bill in Parliament will not be continued.
“This is to give the technical committee some space to go through the proposal and take further action,” he said in a statement that was read out by PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu yesterday.
The Kelantan government had repeatedly stated that it would push for the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code II Enactment and enforce PAS’ hudud on Muslims in the state by next year if the Bill was passed.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom had reportedly given an assurance that the Federal Government would back PAS on the issue.
On Apr 27, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin proposed that a technical committee at the federal level be formed to delve into the issue with panel members comprising foreign Islamic authorities and representatives from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department and the Kelantan Islamic Affairs Council, among others.