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What we stand for

G25 is committed to pursue a just, democratic, peaceful, tolerant, harmonious, moderate and progressive multi-racial, multi cultural, multi religious Malaysia through Islamic principles of Wassatiyah (moderation) and Maqasid Syariah (well-being of the people) that affirms justice, compassion, mercy, equity.

Malaysia is to be led by rule of law, good governance, respect for human rights and upholding the institution of the country.

We aim to ensure, raise awareness, promote that Syariah laws and civil laws should work in harmony and that the Syariah laws are used within its legal jurisdiction and limits as provided for by the federal and state division of powers.

There should be rational dialogues to inform people on how Islam is used for public law and policy that effects the multi ethnic and multi religious Malaysia and within the confines of the Federal Constitution, the supreme law of the nation.

We work in a consultative committee of experts to advise the government and facilitate amendments to the state Syariah laws, to align to the Federal Constitution and the spirit of Rukun Negara.

It is imperative to achieve a politically stable, economically progressive Malaysia and to be able to enjoy the harmony, tolerance, understanding and cooperation in this multi diverse country.

Hadi's Bill tabled in Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's (pic) Private Member's Bill to enhance the powers of the Syariah courts has been tabled in Parliament.

He tabled the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or RUU355 at about 12.40pm on Thursday, after question time.

Abdul Hadi's proposed amendments to Section 2 of RUU355 are to increase the current "imprisonment of more than three years or fine of more than RM5,000, or more than six lashes" to "jail term of more than 30 years or fine more than RM100,000 or 100 lashes as administered in line with the syariah crimes".

Earlier Opposition parliamentarians raised points of order prior to the tabling of the Bill.

Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang asked why his Bill on an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was rejected.

Gopeng MP Dr Lee Boon Chye further asked why the four remaining Bills that were not debated on Wednesday were not given priority. Instead, he said, the Dewan Rakyat had given way to Abdul Hadi's Bill.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia explained that he had to accept Abdul Hadi's Bill because of an executive order by the Government to prioritise the Bill.

Several other Opposition MPs interjected a number of times to raise points of order when Pandikar prompted Abdul Hadi, also the Marang MP, to speak.

Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo brought up Mohamed Tawfik Ismail's suit which seeks to declare Abdul Hadi's Bill unconstitutional.

However, Pandikar responded by saying the rule of subjudice did not apply, quoting standing orders from the Indian parliament.

"If the court allows the injunction it means the court is more powerful than Parliament," he said.

He said there was a similar court case by four individuals who had filed an injunction against the speaker and four others to stop them from allowing a Bill to be tabled, and the court had decided that Parliament had the right to allow the Bill.

"Subjudice applies if the case is already in court. In this case, the suit is only scrutinising whether the Bill is constitutional," said Pandikar.

In November last year, Abdul Hadi tabled a "tweaked" motion of his Bill to empower the Syariah courts to impose stiffer penalties but he deferred it under Standing Order 15(5).

The Star

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