Kelantan’s hudud breaks basis of secular Malaysia, Sarawak churches say


The Malay Mail Online
April 8, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 — Kelantan’s hudud enactment violates the secular foundation upon which Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak had formed Malaysia, Sarawak churches said today.

The Kuching Ministers’ Fellowship (KMF), a network of church pastors and leaders in Sarawak, joined the Sabah Council of Churches in criticising the passing of the Kelantan Shariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (amendment 2015) last month in the east coast state run by Islamist party PAS.

“The recently-passed Kelantan hudud enactment is in direct contradiction to the aspirations of founding fathers of our nation to keep Malaysia a secular state as evidenced in several historical documents that explicitly state this,” KMF chairman Pastor Daron Tan said in a statement.

“The introduction of hudud law is a fundamental breach and deviation from the expressed commitment to complete religious freedom, a key term underpinning the Malaysia Agreement signed in July 1963 between Sarawak, Sabah and Malaya,” he added.

Tan stressed that the criminal justice system remains under federal jurisdiction, as stated in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution.

“Any fundamental change to this package changes the very basis upon which the Christians in Sarawak also agreed to form Malaysia and it requires a thorough re-negotiation of the Federal Constitution,” he said.

Kelantan’s hudud enactment seeks to impose punishment under the Shariah courts on crimes like theft and robbery, which are already crimes under the civil penal code.

Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob speaks during the passing of the Kelantan Shariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (amendment 2015) at the Kelantan State Assembly in Kota Baru March 19, 2015. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob speaks during the passing of the Kelantan Shariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (amendment 2015) at the Kelantan State Assembly in Kota Baru March 19, 2015. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe Sabah Council of Churches said last month that Kelantan’s plans to enforce hudud in the state amounts to a “betrayal” of Sabah’s trust when it agreed to form Malaysia with Malaya and Sarawak.

Two-thirds of Christians in Malaysia are Bumiputeras living in Sabah and Sarawak.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s two private members’ Bills to remove the legal blocks to the rollout of hudud in Kelantan have appeared in the order paper for the current Parliament session that ends Thursday.

The Bills seek to amend Section 2 of the Shariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), which currently states that the Shariah courts have jurisdiction over Muslims with respect to the State List of the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution that excludes criminal law.

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  1. #1 by boh-liao on Friday, 10 April 2015 - 9:14 am

    Really?
    So, how will MPs fr Sarawak n Sabah VOTE in parliament?

  2. #2 by good coolie on Friday, 10 April 2015 - 10:31 am

    The fellows in Peninsular Malaysia who want hudud don’t belieive in money-politics; and the fellows who believe in money politics don’t want hudud. In East Malaysia money is sweeter than honey but who can, or will pay, for the votes?

    Thus, Hudud will not be passed. However, the fact that UMNO dares not challenge the bill openly shows the extreme direction that the country has taken of late.

    All the while, the non-Muslims are blamed as the reason for not implementing hudud hitherto. What about defending the Constitution? What about the responsibility of Muslims to determine what is truly God’s law?

    Is there a hidden government agenda that Non-Muslims are unaware of; or is the government just making up rules as it goes? Act now, or be prepared to see this country turn out to be just another Middle-Eastern inferno.

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Saturday, 11 April 2015 - 3:42 pm

    Look at our msm, day in day out, news on hudud, corruption, inefficiency, robberies, deaths in highways, etc – leading our way 2 2020

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