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High Court Sets Thursday For Decision On Bid To Strike Out Tawfik's RUU355 Challenge

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KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court will on Thursday give its decision on an application to strike out a suit by moderation advocate Mohamed Tawfik Ismail, who sought to challenge PAS' Private Member's Bill.

The Private Member's Bill, better known as RUU355, seeks to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to give the court the power to mete out harsher punishments.

Tawfik's counsel Rosli Dahlan told reporters this after meeting High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Kamaludin Said in chambers Monday.

Rosli said Justice Kamaludin needed more time to consider certain points of law.

In March last year, Mohamed Tawfik, a former parliamentarian and the son of the second deputy prime minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, had filed an originating summons seeking to declare the Bill as unconstitutional and that it flouted Parliament procedures.

He had named Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and its secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah as defendants.

-THE STAR