The Sharia existed before the non-Malays came to Malaysia


The Sharia is about religion and Muslims have a right to practice their religion the way they see fit. And they have been doing this for more than a thousand years. Today the non-Muslims are telling the Muslims how they should practice Islam and are saying that the Sharia has nothing to do with religion and that non-Muslims have a say over the matter.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

The anti-Sharia movement has reared its ugly head again since the briefing for Muslim Members of Parliament regarding RUU355, the private member’s bill that PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang is tabling in Parliament.

Actually, Malaysia has been practicing Sharia laws long before the non-Muslims came to Malaysia. Even before 1909, the year when Kelantan became part of the Unfederated Malay States together with Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis, Shariah laws were already being practiced.

In 1948, the Federation of Malaya was created and in 1963 the Federation of Malaysia. And Sharia laws were still in existence. Now the non-Muslims are telling the Muslims that they have a say regarding the form and shape of these Sharia laws.


PSM: ‘Irresponsible’ to push through Hadi’s Bill without engagement with non-Muslims

(MMO) – It is irresponsible to table a tweaked version of the amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 in Parliament without a “lengthy discussion” with non-Muslims, a lawmaker said today.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)’s Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj said that while non-Muslims should not obstruct Muslims from exercising their right to support the private member’s Bill by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, a lack of engagement could harm interracial relations.

“PSM is of view that to bring the RUU355 to the Dewan Rakyat to be voted without a lengthy discussion process first, is an irresponsible step which has the potential to split our diverse community.

“This will put a big strain on interracial and inter-religious relationships,” DrJeyakumar told a news conference today.

But he stressed that it was the right of Muslim MPs to back Hadi’s Bill, if they wished to.

“If Muslims in Malaysia believe that empowering the Shariah Courts is part of their duty as Muslims, other communities should avoid from obstructing them,” he added.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday said that the PAS president will table for a second time a tweaked version of his initial proposed amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 this week in Parliament.

Hadi tabled his private member’s Bill for the first time in the last Parliament sitting seeking to improve the Shariah courts and pave way for Hudud implementation in Kelantan.

The current limit for Shariah punishments are a fine of RM5,000, a jail term of three years and six strokes of rotan.