Hornbill Unleashed

March 27, 2017

Sarawak PKR chief refutes former CJ on Shariah law supremacy

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) says Ahmad Fairuz's statement was not supported by any compelling legal argument. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak PKR chief Baru Bian dismissed today former Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim’s argument that any laws that contradict Islamic scriptures are null and void.

The senior lawyer said Ahmad Fairuz’s statement was not supported by any compelling legal argument, but based on his personal feeling that anything which contradicted Islam was unconstitutional.

“His simplistic misinterpretation of Article 3 of the Federal Constitution is a contradiction of Article 4, which he conveniently ignores,” Baru said when responding to the former chief justice.

Article 3 refers to Islam as the official religion of the federation, while Article 4 refers to the Federal Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

In a lecture on “Islam as the law of the land” yesterday, Ahmad Fairuz had interpreted that the supremacy of Shariah laws was only second to the Federal Constitution.

Baru, who is Ba’Kelalan state assemblyman, said it was unfortunate that the former chief justice made such a gross error in his interpretation of the Constitution.

He reminded the former chief justice that the importance placed on freedom of religion in Sarawak, with the state having no official religion, was reflected in the Malaysia Agreement and Cobbold Commission Report.

“Furthermore, our forefathers had signed the Malaysia Agreement with a secular state, and that must remain so,” he said.

Baru also questioned the basis for Ahmad Fairuz to remark that Muslims did not care about equality, but were happy to have hudud implemented in this country.

“Does he have any research to back up his statement? How can he claim to speak for all Muslims in the country, including Sarawakian Muslims?” he asked, pointing out that the weight of Ahmad Fairuz’s remark was about the same as that of someone’s insistence that the earth was flat.

Source : @ Malay Mail Online



  1. Way to go Yb Baru. Other Chirstian and non muslim Ybs are so silent….

    Comment by Brian — March 29, 2017 @ 9:57 AM | Reply

  2. Once Sarawak MPs voted in support for Act 355 there is no turning back as the bigots in power will ensure Syariah laws will be the Supreme law.

    Comment by Simon Abbey — March 28, 2017 @ 10:43 PM | Reply

  3. Yet Abang Johari Openg the Sarawak CM chose to be ignorant of the implications of the enhancements of syariah law sought by Hadi Awang and endorsed by the most corrupted PM . Abang Johari Openg deliberately said hudud would not be applicable in Sarawak while avoiding to make a firm stand on Act 355.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — March 28, 2017 @ 7:26 PM | Reply

  4. With people like the former CJ running around and making wild statements, Malaysia has become a dangerous place. Now you know why the judiciary is so screwed up.

    Comment by apai — March 27, 2017 @ 8:30 AM | Reply

    • Aqu selalu cakap: You can take them OUT of kampong, but you Can’t take their kampong MENTALITY OUT from their Otak Udang lah….LOL…

      Comment by pohlanpar — March 27, 2017 @ 8:42 AM | Reply

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