KAJANG: The Federal Government will take legal action against any state whose implementation of hudud contravenes the country's laws, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
They can implement it, but if they do something which is inconsistent with the country's laws, we will take legal action, he told reporters after a ceremony to thank him organised by Puteri Umno at Universiti Tenaga Nasional near here yesterday.
He was asked to comment on Terengannu's gazetting of the Syariah Criminal Law (Hudud dan Qisas) Enactment 2003 yesterday. The enactment was passed by the state assembly on July 8 last year.
Dr Mahathir said he did not regard what was passed by the state assembly as hudud.
It is PAS' law, not hudud. This is because there are no cruel punishments in hudud. A law with cruel punishments is not hudud, he said.
In Kuala Terengganu, state Mufti Sheikh Abdul Halim Abdul Kadir said he did not rule out the possibility that the enforcement of the Syariah Criminal Law Enactment might face the same fate as the Syariah II Criminal Code Enactment approved by the PAS government in Kelantan, reports Bernama.
He said this was based on the processes in making the enactment, like what had been done by the Kelantan government, as well as the obstacles faced.
It depends on the jurisdiction of the state (government) because there are certain clauses, he had said.
When there is contradiction, then the Federal Government supersedes the state government's jurisdiction, thus the possibility (of facing the same fate) is there, Sheikh Abdul Halim said.
He said that as the enactment was a new law, it would not be a surprise if there were obstacles or weaknesses, and the state government was always willing to overcome whatever weaknesses there were.
State exco for Local Government, Housing, Environment and Public Administration Datuk Wan Abdul Muttalib Embong said that if the public wanted to lodge a report or make references, they could now submit them to the Syariah Prosecutor's Department.
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