Religion is not an issue in Sabah


Salleh Said Keruak

It looks like the issue of Hudud has peaked and is threatening to break up the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat. PAS is adamant about pushing ahead with the tabling of the Hudud proposal while DAP has warned that if they do so then this more or less signals the end of Pakatan Rakyat.

What does this tell you? Basically this tells you that the Kelantan State Government is powerless to do anything unless Parliament approves the implementation of Hudud in Kelantan. And this means that religion is a state matter but states have to abide to the Federal Constitution and cannot violate or contradict the Constitution.

Hence this means that in Sabah issues regarding religion are bound by Sabah state laws and are restricted by the Federal Constitution. Sabah cannot at its whim and fancy pass new rules regarding religion without taking into consideration state and federal laws.