Public flogging under Islamic Law only for Muslims in Kelantan

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the amendments to the Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002 only had implications on Muslims in Kelantan

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (third left), presenting the birth certifications to the recipients at the Home Ministry Aidilfitri Programme in Sarawak. Also present were his two deputies Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (left) and Datuk Masir Kujat (second left). Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (fourth left) and the Speaker of Sarawak State Assembly Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar (right) were also present.PIX: BERNAMA

KUCHING – The amendments to the Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002 passed by the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly yesterday should be seen in the context of it being applicable only for Muslims in that state.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the amended enactment only had implications on Muslims in Kelantan and does not involve the non-Muslims there.

“I have not received details on the tabling of the bill and of the amendments but I feel what they’ve done should be seen in the context of this law being only implied for the Muslims in Kelantan,” he told the reporters when asked to comment on the amended enactment which, among others, provides for public flogging for offences such as committing illicit sex, sodomy and alcohol consumption.

Earlier, Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, had attended an Aidilfitri gathering hosted by the ministry in Sri Aman.

He said the Kelantan government had the right to table the enactment amendment bill at the state assembly sitting as it has the majority voice.

“However, although the amendments have been passed, they still require the consent of the Kelantan Sultan for its implementation,” he added.

The amendment bill also allows religious enforcement officers to handcuff suspects, besides the use of video recordings as evidence in the syariah court hearings.

The bill was tabled by state Islamic Development and Propagation, Information and Liaison Committee chairman, Datuk Mohd Nassuruddin Daud. -MalaysiaGazette

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