Pas calls for cross-party input on Syariah courts amendment

PAS wants everyone at the table

Siti Noor Faezah Muda
Siti Noor Faezah Muda
19 Feb 2024 01:48pm
Takiyuddin Hassan
Takiyuddin Hassan

SHAH ALAM - Pas has urged the government to open a platform for all interested parties, regardless of political affiliation, to contribute to the ongoing amendment of the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

Pas secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan believed this inclusive approach is crucial to achieving the shared goal of enhancing the jurisdiction of Syariah courts.

"Pas welcomes the announcement of the Bill 355 tabling in Parliament this year, but we urge the government to involve all stakeholders in shaping its content," he stated.

His call echoed recent reports of the consultation process nearing completion, with its findings ready for Cabinet review before parliamentary presentation.

Takiyuddin also expressed full support for the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs (MKI), led by the Sultan of Selangor, in its pursuit of amending the constitution.

He stressed the need to address public confusion surrounding the status and future of Islamic law.

"Ongoing debates, particularly among Muslims, necessitate swift resolutions and decisive actions to prevent further negative consequences," he said.

Recognising Syariah as both a religious obligation and a societal right, Pas welcomes collaborative efforts towards its development, transcending political divides.

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"All steps towards strengthening Syariah, regardless of their source, deserve our full support.

"This includes exploring the competence of state assemblies to propose amendments and clarify the scope of their Syariah lawmaking powers," he added.

Takiyuddin highlighted recent court decisions that challenged and invalidated certain state Syariah laws, raising concerns about future legal uncertainties.

He expressed confidence in the Malay Rulers and state authorities to retain public trust, particularly among Muslims.

"We believe the Malay Rulers, historically entrusted with safeguarding religion, culture, and community harmony, will continue to enjoy public support, especially from Muslims," he said.

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