Marina Mahathir: I can't live in a county where people cut off hands

The daughter of Malaysia's former prime minister has said that she will leave the country if hudud law is implemented in the country.

Ms Marina Mahathir told the Malay Mail Online that she cannot live in a country where "people want to cut off hands or stone people to death".

The eldest child of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who speaks out about women's rights and freedom of speech among other issues, said her strength to continue fighting is instinctive as she was brought up to be honest and considerate to others.

"It's natural to me, if I see something wrong, to say or do something," Malay Mail Online quoted her as saying.

"It's a form of worship. It's how I act out my life as a Muslim.

"If you say it's a way of life, it's not just about rituals. It's acted out by trying to do good, to be charitable and to ensure justice."


Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party president Abdul Hadi Awang submitted a private member's Bill to Parliament in a bid to remove the legal obstacles that prevent the implementation of the Islamic penal code in the state of Kelantan.

He said the Kelantan state government run by the Islamist opposition party will meet with the Barisan Nasional federal government to discuss plans to implement hudud in the state.

Critics have lambasted the strict Islamic criminal law which punishes theft with amputation of limbs, as well as apostasy and adultery with death by stoning, as unconstitutional in secular Malaysia.

This article was first published on May 24, 2015.
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