Proposed Sharia Law Creates Uproar in Malaysia

by Admin on June 8, 2016

Sharia courts proposed amendment raises fear in multi-racial Malaysia.


Malaysia’s ruling party has ‘given preliminary backing to a proposed law’ in parliament to give Islamic courts more power. Non- Muslims within Malaysia’s multi- racial society, fear that the proposed law may violate the ‘country’s secular constitution’.

Abdul Aziz Bari, a professor of constitutional law at University of Selangor (Unisel), said “Technically the bill merely sought to widen the powers of the sharia court” It is not about creating more punishments but to make already existing laws more severe.

Legal experts said last Tuesday on the 31st May that non-Muslims do not need to be worried by the proposal of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) to make the punishments harsher in the sharia courts.

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The proposed amendment will allow sharia court judges to be able to inflict more strokes of whipping on convicted people. In a statement by a group of non- governmental organizations they stated that Whipping will be allowed of ‘up to 100 strokes on those convicted of engaging in illicit sex and up to 80 strokes for consumption of alcohol.

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