Kelantan Govt fine tuning Bill on Hudud

KOTA BARU, Malaysia - The Kelantan Govern­ment has begun to fine-tune its planned Private Member's Bill to implement the hudud penal code, which it expects to enforce next year once it gets the nod from the Dewan Rakyat.

"As it is, we are ready to implement the laws at any time and we are 90 per cent ready to replace the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC)," said Kota Baru MP Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, who heads the discussion panel on the methodology and implementation of the Syariah Criminal Procedure Code II 1993.

He was speaking to reporters during a break of the discussion here yesterday.

The eight muftis who attended the discussion will submit their suggestions and thoughts to fine tune the methodology of the laws, said Takiyuddin.

"We have the cooperation of the Federal government, especially the police and prisons departments," he said.

To a question, Takiyuddin, who is PAS assistant secretary-general, said the Private Member's Bill will be tabled by a PAS MP but it needed the cooperation of the minister in-charge of Islamic affairs as a criteria to get the Bill approved with a simple majority in Parliament.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob had reportedly said the state government would draft two private Bills to provide wider powers to Syariah court judges to hear and mete out sentences under the Syariah Penal Code.

The other Bill is to allow Federal departments, like the police and the prisons department, to be used by the state government to enforce its laws.