Did Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi say PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Court has nothing to do with hudud law?
All major news media reported him as saying so in his news conference after meeting Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem in Kuching on Thursday.
If it’s nothing to do with hudud, then why did Adenan, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, component leaders of the ruling coalition and non-Muslim leaders in the opposition reacted as they did to the Bill?
Adenan, in his capacity as the state Barisan Nasional chief, had earlier in the week instructed all state BN MPs, including Muslim lawmakers, to oppose the Bill if it is read for the second time in Parliament.
Liow threatened to resign from the Cabinet if the Bill, which he likened to a blank cheque “which will pave the way for hudud law to be implemented in Malaysia”, is passed.
The passage of the Bill, in the face of certain defeat, has since been shelved.
By claiming it has nothing to do with hudud, Zahid – without saying it – had just implied that Adenan, Liow and the motley of leaders from smaller BN component parties like Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Tan Sri Dr James Masing, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, are incapable of reading a Bill.
Zahid, whom the opposition claimed was in Kuching to persuade Adenan make a u-turn and retract his instruction to BN federal lawmakers, said the Bill was only seeking an elevation of the Syariah Court to be on par with the civil court.
The elevation, he added, is not about dualism and it will not affect non-Muslims.
Now Adenan is a lawyer who graduated from a top notch Australian law school.
What is it in the wordings of of Hadi’s Bill to make him think that it was hudud?
Adenan is certainly no nincompoop even though the wording of the Bill was in Malay. Neither are the others for that matter.
Maybe Hadi had grossly underestimated the mental capacity of the “cawat-wearing” federal lawmakers from Sabah and Sarawak when he kept tweaking his Bill time and again.
The Sarawak leaders, as well as those in Sabah, are just not taken in by the PAS president’s attempt to sugar coat the Bill to make it palatable and disguise his true intention.
Masing, for one, is not buying the Bill to amend the Syariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction Act 1965) (Act 355).
Even after listening to what Zahid had said, the Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister made it clear his party would not support any Bill that would introduce parallel laws – one for Muslims, the other for non – and one that would steer the country in the direction that would “shake the foundation of the country based on – the Malaysia Agreement 1963”.
He said the introduction of any Islamic laws that went against the spirit Sarawak and Sabah had agreed on when agreeing to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia would not get his party’s support.
Masing also asked why Hadi was hell bent on wanting the law “knowing that it will create suspicion, uneasiness and anger among non-Muslims”.
Hadi, to him, belonged to group of leaders who consider religious interests above the interests of the multiracial nation.
A far back in June the learned Muslim Speaker of the Sarawak state legislative assembly had said that if he were the parliament Speaker, he would have dismissed Hadi’s Bill as it “flagrantly violates the Federal Constitution”.
Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nasar, a lawyer by training, said the Bill was discriminatory towards Muslims themselves as it breached Article 8 of the Federal Constitution on equality before the law.
Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian was stark in his warning that anyone who believes that Hadi’s hudud Bill will not affect non-Muslims “must be extremely naïve”.
The hudud Bill, the Ba Kelalan assemblyman said, is against the Federal Constitution and will affect all Malaysians in its application.
“Those people who keep saying it has nothing to do with hudud and that it will not affect non-Muslims are just playing a political game.”
In his answer to Hadi’s “reminder” to non-Muslims not to behave like (Jakarta Governor) Ahok, “I wish to remind him and all MPs of what is happening in Aceh”.
Baru said in April this year, a non-Muslim woman was caned under Syariah law for selling alcohol.
Is this how Syariah law is not affecting non-Muslims? he asked.
If anyone needs more convincing, please read the writings of Zaid Ibrahim and Mujahidin Zulkiffli, two Muslim leaders who are against the implementation of Hudud in Malaysia with Mujahiddin laying out on frightening detail how non-Muslims are treated in Islamic countries and says that in history, hudud applies to all.
Source : Laja Lang@The Heat Malaysia Online