KOTA BHARU: The state government remains optimistic that Pakatan Harapan (PH) will pave the way for the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (RUU355) in the parliament.
State Islamic Development, Dakwah, Information and Regional Relations committee chairman, Datuk Mohd Nassuruddin Daud, said this was based on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s willingness to make alterations including the oil royalty payment made to the state.
“Dr Mahathir had previously denied Kelantan of its royalty payment during his previous tenure as the prime minister, but he has recently agreed to it.
“Likewise, he was previously against the enactment and had warned against proceeding with the matter.
“People’s attitude can change and the same goes with the prime minister. We hope that RUU 355 will have the same turn out as the oil royalty,” he said in reply to a supplementary question by Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad (BN-Kok Lanas) at the state legislative assembly today.
Nassuruddin, who is Meranti assemblyman, said Kelantan did not lose hope and would continue efforts to hold discussions with the Federal Government on the matter.
Alwi had earlier suggested that Kelantan Pas made another attempt to have RUU 355 tabled in the parliament.
“We managed to convince the previous government to proceed with the bill. Why can’t we test our seventh prime minister?
“We will see what they (government) can do and I am confident that the people are with us if it’s for the good of Islam,” said Alwi.