Push to enforce hudud in Kelantan


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  • Thursday, 05 Feb 2015

KOTA BARU: The Kelantan government wants to rush amendments to the Syariah Criminal Code II 1993 to be deliberated at the state assembly meet next month – to pave the way for hudud laws to be implemented statewide.

The rush was also to allow the amendments, if passed by the state, to be inserted into two Private Member’s Bills to get Parliament’s nod.

Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah said the state assembly meeting would be held on March 16. There will be no special sitting to debate on the amendments.

“We hope the amendments will be passed at the state assembly meeting,” he said.

The amendments seek more rotan lashes under the hudud for six main criminal offences, including apostasy, illicit sexual relations, alcohol consumption, making unproven accusations of illicit sex, theft and robbery and qisas which covers murder and causing hurt.

Mohd Amar said that under the present hudud laws, passed in 1993, those found guilty for illicit sex can be jailed up to three years or caned six times, or both.

“We want the number of rotan strokes to be increased to eight or ten lashes and the same for the other offences. We hope to debate on the amendments in March and if possible, include the Private Member’s Bills at the Parliament level to get a simple majority to enforce hudud in Kelantan,” Mohd Amar told reporters after attending the state executive council meeting here.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob had said two Private Member’s Bills were being drafted, to be tabled in Parliament this year to pave the way for hudud laws to be the supreme criminal procedure code, superseding the conventional Penal Code.

One of the two Bills seeks to provide wider powers to Syariah court judges to hear and mete out sentences under the Syariah Penal Code.

The other Bill is to allow the state government to make use of Federal departments like the police and prisons to enforce its laws.

Article 76A of the Federal Constitution states that criminal acts like stealing, robbery, causing hurt, rape and murder fall under the jurisdiction of the Penal Code, while Kelantan is seeking to try Muslims suspected of the same acts under hudud laws.

On the rights of non-Muslims under the hudud laws, Ahmad said it was the right for non-Muslims to oppose hudud laws, adding that the laws only applied to Muslims.

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