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All eyes fell on Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia after Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced the government will not table the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 and passed the ball to the speaker.

PAS, which spearheaded the proposed amendments to the legislation, also known as Act 355, indicated it would lobby Pandikar to allow for a debate - but the son of a former deputy prime minister wants to ensure that this will never take place.

Mohamed Tawfik Ismail, son of former deputy prime minister Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, today filed a suit in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, seeking a declaration that the proposed amendments were unconstitutional.

The motion on the proposed amendments by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang is currently on the Parliament's Order Paper.

Tawfik is seeking to prohibit the Dewan Rakyat from allowing Hadi's motion on Act 355, or any motion with similar characterisrics, to be tabled and debated in Parliament.

He named Pandikar and Dewan Rakyat secretary Roosme Hamzah as defendants...

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