KUALA KANGSAR: Dr Najihatussalehah Ahmad (pix), the PAS candidate for the by-election here, has declared her unequivocal support for amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.
She said it was her responsibility as a Muslim and to "83% of the Malay voters in Kuala Kangsar who want further empowerment to the Syariah Courts" to support the amendments.
“As a muslimah (Muslim woman), it is compulsory for me to support any efforts to empower the Syariah Courts, in line with the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah," she told reporters at the PAS operations room on Thursday.
She said a recent survey conducted by independent research firm Strategic Research Centre (SRC) found that 83.7% of Malay respondents in Kuala Kangsar want Islamic laws to be introduced in the country.
Dr Najihatussalehah said despite her clear stand on the issue, she remained confident of obtaining support from the non-Muslim community here.
The party has been making efforts to explain to the non-Muslims here about the Private Member’s Bill moved by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in Parliament recently.
However, this is the first time that a PAS candidate in a by-election has publicly gone on record to state her stand on the matter.
“I believe that with all the explanation the party has given to non-Muslim voters (on the Syariah Courts ammendments), they will continue to support me. The reaction from them so far has been positive," she added.
Polling for the by-election is on Saturday.
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