Deputy minister says DAP scaring Malaysians with misleading Shariah Bill claims

BY KAMLES KUMAR
Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki has insisted that the proposed amendment to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 has nothing to do with hudud as alleged. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 ― The DAP is trying to strike fear among Malaysians especially non-Muslims by portraying a Bill to enhance the Shariah courts to be the pathway to hudud implementation, Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said today.

The deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department insisted that the proposed amendment to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 has nothing to do with hudud as alleged.

“All this matter is simply brought up by DAP to scare the people. DAP has always been a party that is anti-Islam,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here.

He said that the federal Opposition party was trying to incite non-Malay MPs in the BN to join its side to reject the Bill and in doing so, was proving itself to be against Islam.

“It has nothing to do with hudud. People have accused that this is the shortcut for hudud.

“If that is to happen at a federal level, the constitution needs to be amended first and for that to happen, you need two-thirds of majority in Parliament,” he stressed.

Ashraf said explanations have been given to all Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers to prevent “misconceptions” on the Bill, which might be adopted by the government after it is brought to Parliament by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

The DAP is not the only party to object to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill to amend the Shariah Courts Act as the BN coalition’s non-Muslim components like MCA, MIC, Gerakan have protested against it.

Other BN lawmakers, including Muslims, have also expressed their disapproval of the proposal.

The most vocal Muslim BN leader to criticise it has been Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg who reiterated an order for all Sarawak federal lawmakers to vote against the Bill when it is tabled in Parliament.