Party unfazed by court ruling on hudud challenge

Party unfazed by court ruling on hudud challenge

Gerakan vows to continue challenging hudud despite the Kota Baru High Court's dismissal of its application.

Justice Azman Abdullah said yesterday that the suit was premature as it was filed before the Kelantan state legislative assembly passed the amendments to Kelantan's Syariah Criminal Code 1993.

However, Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong gave an assurance that the party would continue to pursue this challenge.

"I would like to thank the party's legal team on the hudud challenge for their hard work and sacrifice and the party appreciates all that they have done.

"I do not want them to feel discouraged in any way by this decision and the party is committed to defending the Constitution and our way of life," he said.

Gerakan filed an application at the Kota Baru High Court on March 18 for a declaration that the Syariah Criminal Code II amendments were beyond the powers of the Federal Constitution and therefore illegal and void.

The amendments to Kelantan's Syariah Criminal Code were passed unanimously by the Kelantan state legislative assembly on March 19.

Meanwhile, Gerakan deputy Youth chief Andy Yong said the team would discuss with their legal consultant Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram on how to proceed after the dismissal.

"There are a number of options available and we will make the decision known in the coming days. There is a month for the Gerakan legal team to file an appeal if we wish to do so or we can also file a fresh application," said Yong, who heads the team.

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