Finally, one perceptive and intrepid Muslim legislator has pointed out
the obvious: that the back and forth over PAS president Abdul Hadi
Awang's motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act
1965, or Act 355 is simply a political ploy by PAS and BN so that they
can claim to be the real champions of Islam.
In the latest development, Hadi, on the last day of the current
Parliament sitting, has again tabled and deferred his motion, citing the
need to allow time for it to be studied. This was similarly done on the
last day of the May Parliament sitting.
According to Salor state assembly person Husam Musa the action indicates
that Hadi's motion will only be debated after the 14th general
election. It also explains why the Government had initially prioritised
the motion when it was first tabled but now has allowed it to be
deferred to what Husam sees is an "equilibrium point" that is beneficial
to PAS, Umno and BN component parties.