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March 7, 2017

PAS making it hard to be Muslim, says Siti Kasim

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

sitikasim-syariahcourtPAS’s efforts to give wider powers to shariah courts are only making it difficult to be a Muslim in Malaysia, says lawyer Siti Kasim.

Speaking at a talk on the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act in Ipoh last Friday, Siti said the Islamist party put too much emphasis on punishment and neglected other aspects of the religion.

In a report by The Star, the lawyer, who is also an activist, said Islam was a merciful and beautiful religion.

“It’s also supposed to be easy to practise. They (PAS) are making it hard to be a Muslim,” she said.

“As religious people, PAS members should be compassionate.”

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, through a private member’s bill tabled last year, has been pushing to increase the maximum punishment for shariah offences to 30 years’ jail, 100 lashes of the cane and RM100,000 for fines.

Shariah court punishment is currently capped at jail terms not exceeding three years, whipping of not more than six strokes of the cane, or a maximum of RM5,000 for fines.

PAS’s move to amend the act has drawn protest from both sides of the political divide, who fear the plan would ultimately pave the way for the implementation of Islamic capital punishment, or hudud, in Kelantan.

Speaking last week, Siti said Malays should not be afraid to challenge Hadi and his shariah bill, The Star said.

At a counter-rally to a PAS-organised gathering to garner support for the bill, Siti said that Malays were the most oppressed group in Malaysia.

Speaking to a crowd of about 200 people on Feb 18, she added that the situation would only get worse if PAS’s proposed amendments went through.

“If it’s truly God’s law, I will not go against it. But I know for sure that this is not God’s law, this is Hadi’s law,” she said.

The counter-rally, organised to oppose PAS’s pro-shariah gathering on the same day, was helmed by NGO Bebas.

Speaking last Friday, the group’s spokesman Azrul Mohd Khalid said people should question Hadi’s objectives in pushing for the bill.

According to The Star report, Azrul said that PAS was committed to forming an Islamic state and a country governed only by Islamic law.

“There are already hudud enactments in Kelantan and Terengganu, which can be activated,” he was quoted as saying.

“With RUU355, they can come up with new offences under the precepts of Islam and there’s no limit to what they can do,” he added, using the Malay acronym for the bill.

“They are asking for unprecedented power to punish people for offences that they can decide on.”

Source : @ FMT Online



  1. When debating the crucial Act 355 inititiated by Hadi Awang from PAS, MPs from both Sarawak and Sabah must be reminded of the same consequences after the Petroleum Development Act 1974 was passed without any objections from MPs from Sarawak and Sabah and our DUN. If the MPs from Sarawak and Sabah had contributed to this UNCONSTITUTIONAL BILL being passed our YBs entrusted by the rakyat to protect our interests would be found breaching the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

    As recorded in the Parliament Hansard of November 12, 1975, this was Tun Razak’s reply: “All states in Malaysia, except Sabah and Sarawak, have signed the agreement with Petronas under the Petroleum Development Act 1974. I have been informed that Selangor had agreed to sign the agreement.

    What had happened to our rights over our own resources ever since? Act 355 is a personal deal between PAS ‘s Hadi Awang and UMNO Baru ‘s Najib Razak for their own political agenda. They are using religion to hold Muslims and BN MPs to ransom. Do not succumb to their wicked and unholy threat. BN MPs are not obligated to toe the line just because Najib Razak had agreed to take over the private bill of Hadi Awang.

    Sarawakians and Sabahans shall be monitoring how our MPs exercise their conscience and their responsibility with regard to Act 355 to Malaysians in Sarawak and Sabah..

    Comment by Mata Kuching — March 7, 2017 @ 6:28 PM | Reply

  2. More moderate Malays must speak up like Siti Kassim, else malay race will boon be Arabised.

    Comment by Terry — March 7, 2017 @ 12:42 PM | Reply

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