Warning on sodomy law

  • Nation
  • Friday, 29 Aug 2003


BACHOK: Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil warned the PAS-led Kelantan and Terengganu governments to make amendments to their respective Syariah enactments (Hudud and Qisas) concerning sodomy or be guilty of encouraging it. 

She said that based on what she had read, the interpretation was clear that the laws drawn up by PAS were actually condoning sodomy of one's wife. 

“The first thing I want to do is get legal help to interpret the laws pertaining to the Terengganu Syariah Criminal Offence enactment (Hudud and Qisas) and Kelantan's Syariah II Criminal Code. 

“If it is true, both governments must make amendments to it or they will face all sorts of consequences, and if they made a typographical or legal error, they must remedy it immediately,” Shahrizat said after attending the state-level Women's Day celebration here yesterday. 

Shahrizat was asked to comment on a statement by Kelantan Umno deputy chief Zaid Ibrahim on Wednesday that Umno may sue PAS for practising two sets of laws – Syariah and the Constitution.  

He had also said two laws (Terengganu Syariah Criminal Offence and the Kelantan Syariah II Criminal Code) implied that it was not an offence for a man to sodomise his wife. 

Zaid had said the two identical bills read that: “Sodomy is an offence that is defined as intercourse between two men or between a man and a woman other than his own wife that is done not in the course of nature, that is through the anus.” 

Shahrizat said that if it were true that both PAS governments allowed such an act, then it would be the “blackest day” for Kelantanese women. 

“I will study this case and if both governments refuse to amend the error, my ministry will take measures to protect the rights of the women in Kelantan from such abuse,” she said. 

In Kuala Lumpur, Puteri Umno chief Azalina Othman Said has challenged PAS to prove that sodomy between a man and his wife is permissible under Islam. 

Azalina said the movement's panel of syariah law experts found nothing in the Quran that condoned sodomy. 

She claimed the law was further proof that PAS and its leaders sought to manipulate Islam for their own interests. 

Azalina said she hoped the PAS Dewan Muslimat (PAS women's wing) would make a stand on the matter. 

“Is this the way a husband should treat his wife?” she said. 

Meanwhile, former PAS Dewan Muslimat chief Jamilah Othman said a Muslim wife was subservient to her husband's every wish except those that were against Islam. 

“A wife has to submit to her husband's wishes, including sex, because she belongs to him. 

“However, the husband cannot ask the wife to commit sins, including sodomy, because it is against the order of nature,” she said.  

Earlier report

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