Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s decision not to pursue to table the private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act, or Act 355 shows his capability to take account Barisan Nasional consensus and maintain it’s goodwill spirit.
In commenting about the decision made yesterday, former Bugaya assemblyman Datuk Basalie Abd Hamid told Asia News Today “It is highly welcomed decision made by the Prime Minister.
“It clearly shows Prime Minister Najib is beyond being individualistic to make any decision, but listens and respect other component parties views on the Act 355”.
Basalie added, earlier Opposition coalition were capitalising the issue and hitting directly on the Barisan Nasional component parties which proved them wrong that the ruling coalition mostly makes wise decision that will benefit everyone.
As reported by the media, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak after chairing the BN Supreme Council yesterday told that “It will remain a private member’s bill and if it is presented, it will depend on the speaker’s instructions”.
PAS president Dato Seri Abdul Hadi Awang first tabled the bill last year to amend Act 355 to increase the maximum punishments for shariah offences.
Hadi has sought to increase the maximum punishment to 30 years’ jail, 100 lashes of the cane, and RM100,000 fine.
It also proved that BN component parties maintains its professionalism through discussion and a positive outcome reflects it’s common understanding to resolve any issues amicably, added Basalie.