Malaysia's PAS president slams 'ignorant Muslims'

Malaysia's PAS president slams 'ignorant Muslims'
Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has lashed out at "ignorant Muslims" who spoke against hudud.

In an "open letter to Muslims", the PAS president said these people should not jump to conclusions or criticise hudud without proper knowledge about the Islamic law.

He clarified that PAS' attempt to table the Private Member's Bills in Parliament was not to enforce the entire hudud but only to suggest amendments to the Syariah Criminal Code to allow "one or two" aspects of the law to be enforced on Muslims.

The Kelantan State Assembly last week approved the amendments to the Syariah Criminal Code II 1993, which aimed among others to increase rotan lashes to up to 100 for illicit sex, consumption of intoxicating beverages, theft and robbery.

The next step is to submit the two Bills in Parliament to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act and Article 76A(1) of the Federal Constitution for hudud to be enforceable.

Hadi said these Muslims had spoken about the proposed amendments at various ­public forums and seminars before they were brought to the Kelantan State Assembly.

Several groups, including Sisters in Islam and the G25 Group of Concerned Muslim Citizens, recently spoke against the implementation of hudud in Malaysia.

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