Seven-Eleven Revisited…

By Ti Lian Ker

The rule of law, also called supremacy of law, simply means that the law is above everyone and it applies to everyone. Whether governors or governed, rulers or ruled, no one is above the law, no one is exempted from the law, and no one can grant exemption to the application of the law.

Under our Rukunegara this spirit was stated as " Keluhuran Perlembagaan" and "Kedaulatan Undang-Undang".

The recent calls byDatuk Dr.Hassan Ali, PAS Exco Member in Selangor that the proposed guidelines regulating the sales of beer be made in tandem with provisions in the Syariah Enactment (Selangor) 1995 is flawed and bad in law. Now PAS is calling for a blanket ban on the sale of beer in Muslim-majority areas.

PAS is effectively extending the Syariah laws onto Non-Muslims under the pretext of Muslim sentiments. We are ruled by law and not sentiments based on race or religion.

PAS had called upon the implementation and enforcement of provisions of the Syariah Enactment on all Muslim-majority areas throughout Selangor. Dr.Hassan had defended the high handedness of local council enforcement officers purely based on sentiments without regard to the law. He said " the actions of the officers are justified based on the sentiments of a Muslim-dominated neighbourhood"

When asked about the rights of the Non-Muslims, Dr.Hassan said that the Non-Muslims could easily buy their beer from the many shops outside Muslim majority areas. He blamed Barisan Nasional for their failure to implement or force this through. PAS as usual is one up against Umno when it comes to showing their arrogance and non-tolerance in absolute disrespect of the Non-Muslims rights provided by the law. They have no regard for secular law?

Ronnie Liu, the Exco Member in charge of the Local Government portfolio can only stuttered by saying " As the exco member in charge of the local government portfolio, I have the right to question the actions of the local authorities. Selangor PAS cannot stop that".

He added " No local authority can be bigger than the state executive council".

Where is Lim Kit Siang while all the beer issue was brewing? Uncle Kit closing one eye?

Liu had got it all wrong when he can only talked about who is bigger? Of course PAS has always assert and insist that they are the political muscles and the biggest party in PAKATAN. Only DAP and Lim Kit Siang is kidding themselves by misleading the public into believing that they can contain this bull called PAS.

Ronnie Liu is of the mark when he talked about who is bigger.Like a small kid or a gangster? He should be talking of the law. PAS reliance on the Syariah Enactment is flawed. PAS cannot in effect extend the provisions of the Muslim enactment and imposed it on Non-Muslims.

The Syariah Enactment is not applicable vis-a-vis to Non-Muslims. Remember Hadi's assurance that PAS syariah and hudud laws are not applicable to Non-Muslims unless they chose to subscribe to its jurisdiction.

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