Kelantan, Terengganu unmoved by criticism


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 30 Aug 2003

BY SYED AZHAR

KOTA BARU: Kelantan and Terengganu, criticised for their syariah criminal laws that allegedly condone sodomy between a man and his wife, will not amend their enactments as demanded by Umno leaders. 

PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat said there was no need for any amendment because the hudud and qisas enactments of the two states had yet to be accepted by the Federal Government. 

The Kelantan Mentri Besar said if any party wanted amendments to be made, they must first accept the hudud laws of the two states. 

“Why is there a hue and cry over this matter and why is it widely reported in the newspapers when it is not part of the Malaysian laws?” he asked, after his weekly ceramah at Jalan Datuk Pati here yesterday. 

Nik Aziz was asked to comment on the warning against the two states on Thursday by Women Development and Family Minister Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil to amend the Kelantan Syariah II Criminal Code and the Terengganu Syariah Criminal Offence (Hudud and Qisas) Enactment, which she said implied that it was not an offence for a man to sodomise his wife. 

The two identical Bills read: “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 was quoted as interpreting that the laws condoned sodomy of one’s wife. 

Criticism against the two laws had also come from Kelantan Umno deputy chief Zaid Ibrahim and Puteri Umno chief Azalina Othman. 

Nik Aziz said the laws pertaining to hudud and qisas had been written by university lecturers, chief kadis and other Islamic legal experts. 

“If Shahrizat wants to know she can always refer to these experts. But like I said, if it had not been accepted why kick a fuss over it?” he asked 

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