Hornbill Unleashed

November 30, 2016

Hadi, PM tango on Syariah Amendment Bill

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Finally, one perceptive and intrepid Muslim legislator has pointed out the obvious: that the back and forth over PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or Act 355 is simply a political ploy by PAS and BN so that they can claim to be the real champions of Islam.

In the latest development, Hadi, on the last day of the current Parliament sitting, has again tabled and deferred his motion, citing the need to allow time for it to be studied. This was similarly done on the last day of the May Parliament sitting.

According to Salor state assembly person Husam Musa the action indicates that Hadi’s motion will only be debated after the 14th general election. It also explains why the Government had initially prioritised the motion when it was first tabled but now has allowed it to be deferred to what Husam sees is an “equilibrium point” that is beneficial to PAS, Umno and BN component parties.

Husam’s analysis makes sense.

“It is good for PAS as their approach will not be seen as a failure. It also creates a ‘feel good’ feeling to maintain the political relationship between PAS and Umno, particularly near the general election.

“Meanwhile, Umno appears honest and desiring to empower Islamic law. It will also not appear that the BN component parties are being played out.”

“It is an effective recipe. It creates a win-win situation for all three parties ahead of the general election with a smart partnership,” he said.

What Husam did not need to point out was that the latest move is another sign that PAS and Umno are likely to go into the next elections as allies with the intention of knocking out Amanah, Parti Pribumi, PKR and other opposition parties vying for the Malay Muslim vote.

But is what is good for PAS and Umno beneficial for the country or even Muslim community?

Progressive Muslim leaders and groupings have already voiced alarm at the proposed greater empowerment of syariah courts.

In his appeal to the country’s legislators, Zaid Ibrahim has argued that the proposed amendment is not “Islamic law, just bad law.” Pointing to the way in which justice is meted out at present, he asks:

“Let’s remove the label “Islamic” and really see the way justice is administered in the shariah courts now. There are thousands of Muslim women who have been waiting for years for their divorce to be finalised, or for the courts to decide on their rights to maintenance or custody. Do you think these same courts have shown that they are ready to receive more powers to impose heavier punishments, just because someone like Hadi calls it Islamic law?

They do not tell you how many investigation officers will be available at the shariah courts or where they will be trained. They do not tell you how many prosecution officers are ready to take up these cases. They do not tell you about the qualifications and ability of the shariah prosecutors and judges who will become more powerful under this amendment to Act 355.”

Zaid, Husam and other Malay Muslim leaders should also emphasize that the present peace and prosperity enjoyed in Malaysia is due mainly to the secular system of government as laid down in the Constitution.

It is not because of any Islamic system that the Malay and Muslim elite and middle class especially have done so well. The secular system and its western-based law and economics – and not a Islamic system or Islamic law and economics – has seen wealth creation and taxes levied on non-Muslims primarily that has enabled the Malay community to rise in socio-economic mobility within one generation – a rise that is unprecedented and unrivalled anywhere in the world among Muslim nations, except for the few oil nations of the Middle East. And let us also not forget: the gender equality principle of our secular system which has enabled Malay women to be of equal status and to advance to where they presently are.

See Clearly Where the Rot Begins

Today, it is understandable that the Malay Muslim community is concerned with the rising cost of living, the 1MDB scandal, the endemic corruption and abuse of power, and what appears to be a gloomy future for their children.

However the remedy for these concerns does not lie in a more Islamic system or more Islamic law and economics.

The remedy lies in the Malay and Muslim community using their right to vote – incidentally, a foundation stone of a western-based democratic system, though not an Islamic-based one – to change the government of the day. And before the election, the remedy lies in requiring the Government to be accountable and transparent, and not to abuse the right to dissent or to undermine our constitutional freedoms.

So what do Hadi and the rest of the PAS leadership have to say about these real life issues facing the country and the rakyat. What do they have to say and do about elections which are gerrymandered; about an authoritarian and corrupt government, about the demands and concerns that they had previously subscribed to and rallied for, but have now abandoned.

The PAS focus on the amendment to Act 355 and the coming rally they are organizing in support must be shown to be what it is. Political hypocrisy and wayang which will only serve the narrow interests of Hadi and his tango with Umno.

Hadi has also now warned non-Muslim legislators not to behave like Ahok.

On the contrary, Malaysia’s non-Muslim legislators and community need to behave like Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Not only do we have equal rights in this country but we are also an important factor in helping check the rise of a less tolerant and more fundamentalist Islam.

Moderate and sensible Muslim colleagues will want us to continue our opposition to Hadi’s game plan for they know the disastrous outcome that awaits them too should PAS’s or Umno’s Islamic state be advanced through this devious strategy.

Source : Lim Teck Ghee@The Heat Malaysia Online



  1. Ibrahim Ali kutuk UMNO terang terang

    Comment by Samarinda — December 7, 2016 @ 10:13 AM | Reply

  2. Why can’t they join forces to help the orang asli at Gua Musang?

    Comment by aizat — December 6, 2016 @ 10:06 AM | Reply

    • Why waste our resources on the Rohingyas? We don’t need more foreigners to flood our country. We should channel our resources to help our original bumiputera the Orang Asli instead. I wonder if our govt is getting some kind of monetary or political gains by championing for the Rohingyas. Such hypocrites, doing this while letting our Orang Asli suffer. We never see UMNO or PAS demonstrating against IS killings of non-muslims.

      Comment by Samarinda — December 8, 2016 @ 1:47 PM | Reply

  3. If Mahathir who once condemned DAP as a Chinese chauvinistic racial party but now says that DAP is genuinely multiracial and multi religious than what certification and from whom we need to prove the authenticity of DAP multiracial status? One good advice is never to take PAS into PH for when there is tie in GE 14 the PAS frog will jump to UMNO and form the Government!!

    Comment by Arnold — December 5, 2016 @ 9:59 AM | Reply

  4. Tun Mahathir (Tun M) Mengaku DAP Bukan Parti RACIST.

    Comment by Arnold — December 5, 2016 @ 9:52 AM | Reply

  5. Hadi the camel, we Sarawakian non muslims are not pushovers you can threaten and demean. How many votes did your stupid party’s candidate got the last Sarawak Election especially that useless iban washout singer you put as candidate?

    Comment by Brian — December 5, 2016 @ 12:10 AM | Reply

  6. 书上读不到的马来西亚历史 【 PART 1 】 – YouTube

    Comment by tiuniamah — December 3, 2016 @ 5:43 PM | Reply

  7. Hadi Awang is nothing but a fake champion of Islam. He is using the religious card to mislead and paint the moderate thinking and progressive Malay Muslims as traitors of Islam. Najib has since adopted PAS politics of syok sendiri. Hadi Awang will deny receiving the dirty and corrupted money given by Umno Baru.

    Comment by Mat Som — December 3, 2016 @ 5:31 PM | Reply

  8. Let’s hope Adenan Satem and Sarawak BN lawmakers will not play into the hands of wicked Najib, Hadi and the Umno Baru crooks.

    Comment by Irene Kana — December 3, 2016 @ 12:52 PM | Reply

  9. Dr Mustafa Izzuddin, a fellow at the Iseas Yusof-Ishak Institute said that by clarifying that the support of this bill is not the same as backing hudud, Mr Najib is trying to assuage the concerns of the BN component parties from East Malaysia, which are opposed to hudud being implemented in the country. He said: “It is vital for Najib to do this because the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak is just as, if not more, important as a voting bloc as the Malay-Muslims in Peninsula Malaysia for Najib’s coalition to be returned to government in the next election as was the case in the previous election.”

    Comment by Ervin — December 1, 2016 @ 9:52 AM | Reply

  10. In an attempt to shore up support among Malays, UMNO has been courting PAS and is considering some form of alliance before the next general election is held. UMNO’s support and fast-tracking of the private member’s bill for debate in the Federal parliament is evidence of the tacit agreement between the two biggest Malay-Muslim parties in Malaysia to work together.

    UMNO’s support for the PAS proposed bill to enhance the powers of the Sharia courts highlights the dilemma of playing the Islamic card. While it may be pragmatic for UMNO to align itself with PAS ahead of the elections in order to consolidate its appeal among Malay voters, it runs the risk of alienating its non-Muslim political partners.

    Public support for a bill that facilitates the introduction of hudud punishments may undermine UMNO’s efforts to portray itself to Malaysians and the world as a party that espouses moderate and progressive Islam.

    Comment by almaz — November 30, 2016 @ 4:43 PM | Reply

  11. Bugis syatan + Devil-in-disguise = Pontianak ala RM

    Comment by Tigeryk — November 30, 2016 @ 4:41 PM | Reply

  12. Adenan may join the dance soon?

    Comment by almaz — November 30, 2016 @ 4:20 PM | Reply

    • Maybe even goes up to: 3P….lol

      Comment by tiuniamah — December 1, 2016 @ 1:04 PM | Reply

      • Last tango at Putrajaya?

        Comment by Ervin — December 2, 2016 @ 9:28 AM | Reply

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