Prime Minister Ismail Sabri said today that the federal government is drafting Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act, which is also known as RUU355. The new amendment will strengthen the criminal power of the Syariah Court. He said this in reply to Shah Alam’s Khalid Abdul Samad, who wanted to know about the government future plan to strengthen the Shah Alam court.
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During his parliamentary address he said to make RUU355 more absolute, the government held a series of meetings in 2020 and 2021 under the National Religious Affairs. Adding that this is to look into various aspects, especially the constitution and syarak law.
He said the level of competence of Shariah judges must be increased in order to empower Shariah courts. He further said that once the Bill is finalised it will be presented to the state for discussion.
What is RUU355?
The amendment was tabled by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang on May 26, 2016 as a private member’s Bill. He demanded to increase the Shariah court’s maximum sentencing limit to 30 years in jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the cane.