Terengganu to enforce hudud laws on Oct 27


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Oct 2003

BY K. SUTHAKAR

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu Syariah Criminal Offence Enactment (Hudud and Qisas) will be gazetted on Oct 27 and the laws enforced on the same day, which also coincides with the start of Ramadan. 

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said those who feel the laws were ultra vires the Federal Constitution could bring the matter to court. 

“We will face the challenge and fight them in court as we feel the state government has the right to introduce the laws,” he told pressmen yesterday after chairing the weekly state exco meeting at Wisma Darul Iman. 

Hadi, who is PAS president, said the state government had not informed the Federal Government on the gazetting and enforcement of the laws. 

“We have also not got any feedback from the Federal Government. It is up to them if they want to repeal the laws,” he said. 

He also said the enforcement of the laws was not related to the general election, expected to be called soon. 

It was the Barisan Nasional, he said, that decided the date of the general election and PAS had no inkling of when the Dewan Rakyat would be dissolved. 

“We are gazetting the laws in accordance with the Federal Constitution, which stipulates that Islam is the religion of the federation,” he said. 

He was confident the laws would be welcomed by Muslims who love peace and harmony.  

“Only criminals would not support us as they fear the laws,” he said. 

Hadi said although the laws would not apply to non-Muslims, they could choose to be tried under the laws. 

He also expressed confidence that non-Muslims would eventually prefer the Hudud and Qisas laws. 

Citing an example, he said those found possessing firearms could face the mandatory death sentence under existing laws. 

Under the Hudud laws, he said, the death sentence was not allowed if they were merely found possessing firearms and had not committed any crime.  

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