KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said today he will not be voting for PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's private member’s Bill to empower the Shariah courts.
The Parti Warisan Sabah president said his stand on the Bill is the same as the one adopted by Sarawak MPs.
"I won't be voting for it. That's very clear. Same as Sarawak," Shafie told reporters when met at Parliament today.
"We have to address the means and the requirements of the people in Sabah, our stand is quite clear on that. Just like the Sarawak stand," he explained.
Hadi’s motion for his private member’s Bill is listed as the fourth item in the Order Paper for the parliamentary meeting beginning on Monday.
The Bill seeks to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as Act 355, to empower Islamic courts to enforce any punishment ― except for the death penalty ― provided in Shariah laws for Islamic offences listed under state jurisdiction in the Federal Constitution.
Shariah court punishments are currently limited to jail terms not exceeding three years, whipping of not more than six strokes, or fines of not more than RM5,000.