Home News Featured News Najib drops Shariah bill in slap to Islamists

Najib drops Shariah bill in slap to Islamists




- Advertisement -

The Government of Prime Minister Najib Razak has made it official: It is dropping the Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or RUU 355.

The shocker came after Najib made the official statement, pointing out the Barisan Nasional (BN) government will stick to the principle of consensus.

Najib, who is the BN chairman, said it will remain a Private Member’s Bill and its fate now rests in the hands of the Speaker of the Parliament.

In an immediate response, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said it was a good decision by Barisan.

- Advertisement -

“Barisan still sticks to the spirit of consensus,” he said, adding that MCA strongly opposes the Bill.

The Private Member’s Bill was first tabled by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, which seeks to grant syariah courts the power to impose stiffer penalties on all crimes except those with the death sentence.
The government’s decision to abandon its quest to please the PAS and pull them as an ally in the next General Elections was apparently made during last Friday’s Cabinet deliberations.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai last Friday said the Cabinet did not discuss the Federal Government-led Syariah Courts (Criminal Juris­dic­tion) Act amendments at its meeting, sparking rumours that it was off the table.

“There’s no new development on the RUU 355 Bill. It was not brought up in today’s meeting,” Liow said to the local media.

The Islamists had long campaigned that the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) was a changed party that was willing to walk the ‘Islamic talk’, hence it was a better bet to get the Shariah voted in.
This turnaround by Najib, predicted by The Independent in Op-Ed’s last month, is a real test for the PAS.

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

First two out of group of ang mohs and foreigners fined over yacht party near Lazarus Island

A group of men and women were seen flouting safe-distancing measures while on a yacht at Lazarus Island on Dec 26 last year. The first two members of the group to face the court — Singapore permanent resident Mark Lau San...

Minor injuries for driver after SUV flips over on SLE

Singapore—A white sport utility vehicle (SUV) turned turtle on the Seletar Expressway (SLE) before the Woodlands Avenue 12 exit on Monday morning (March 1). One man sustained minor injuries in the incident. However, he refused an offer from the Singapore Civil Defence Force...

Monitor lizard eats python whole in Ulu Pandan canal, throws up and burps

Singapore – A monitor lizard was spotted eating a large python in Ulu Pandan canal. Passers-by watched, snapped pictures and pressed the video button, but guess who threw up his lunch? The lizard. The python proved too much to swallow. "Python hunted...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg