PETALING JAYA: Advocates of moderation have urged the Government and Members of Parliament not to support RUU355 because it is a divisive issue in multi-racial Malaysia.
“Any legislation that alienates our fellow Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak, and which makes the minority races feel that they do not count, is bound to create friction in the Federation, adding to fears which many already have on Malaysia’s future as a constitutional democracy,” said prominent Malay group G25.
It is also the first step towards the implementation of hudud, added the group in a statement yesterday.
While commending the decision by Barisan Nasional not to take over RUU355, the group however cautioned that the Bill is still on the Parliament’s Legislative List and could be tabled anytime during this meeting.
“The personal sins of Muslims do not hurt others in society or the economy. But the corruption and financial mismanagement among politicians and civil servants, together with the perception that institutions of justice favour those in power, are harmful.
“These are the social diseases that can cause economies to collapse and the people to rise up against their rulers,” said the group.
Senior lawyer Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos lauded Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s decision.
He said since it was PAS’ Bill, it was only proper that the party table and argue for it in Parliament.
“This will give a true opportunity for Barisan MPs to debate and give their alternative views.
“I think a Bill of such a nature which affects Muslims directly should be discussed by the respective states, including the Ruler’s Conference first, before drafting it into a Bill.
“The initiative should not be solely undertaken by a political party as Islam is a faith that ought not be used as a tool for political gains by political parties,” he said when contacted.
Moderation advocate Anas Zubedy said Barisan’s decision to look at the consensus and discuss was a very mature thing to do.
“In a multi-cultural society like Malaysia, it’s important that we really sit down and discuss among different parties when making a decision impacting the whole country.
“Things like this cannot be bulldozed through,” he said.
Anas added that if the Bill goes into tabling, MPs should really debate it not just in terms of punishing and prohibiting, but to help Malaysians be more positive and to achieve their potential.