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On 26th May 2016, an unprecedented move occurred in Malaysia’s Parliament. The president of PAS, Abdul Hadi Awang, proposed a private bill meant to amend section 2 of Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965 (Amendment 1984) – also known as RUU 355. His amendment was designed to increase the present criminal jurisdiction of the Syariah Courts, currently limited to a fine not exceeding five thousand ringgit or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to whipping not exceeding six strokes, or to any combination thereof.
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