Weigh in to challenge hudud, Federal Government urged


  • Nation
  • Monday, 03 Nov 2003

BY K. SUTHAKAR

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Federal Government has the right to challenge the hudud laws enforced by Terengganu since Oct 27, said the state. 

State executive councillor Datuk Wan Abdul Muttalib Embong, however, hoped the Attorney-General’s Chambers would file its own application.  

“It should not become a passenger to the proceedings filed earlier by lawyer Datuk Zaid Ibrahim against the state, as it will no longer be a gentleman’s fight. 

“The Attorney-General’s Chambers should use its own vehicle instead of borrowing someone else's,” he said yesterday. 

Wan Abdul Muttalib, who is also PAS legal adviser, was commenting on a report that the Attorney-General’s Chambers would challenge Terengganu's right to enact hudud laws today.  

Its civil division head, Datuk Azhar Mohamed, was quoted as saying that the Attorney-General’s Chambers, on behalf of the Federal Government, would file an application to be party to the proceedings in the case between Zaid and Terengganu. 

Azhar had said the state had exceeded its jurisdiction in enacting hudud as crimes such as murder and theft were within the federal purview. 

On Oct 21, Zaid, who is Kelantan Umno liaison committee deputy chief, filed an application for leave to declare null and void the Terengganu Syariah Criminal Offence (Hudud and Qisas) Enactment, which was subsequently gazetted and enforced by the state on Oct 27.  

Last year, Zaid had filed a petition against Kelantan to challenge the state's 1993 Syariah Enactment. The suit is pending in the Federal Court. 

Wan Abdul Muttalib said the state also had the right to challenge the laws passed by the Federal Government.  

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