‘Any issue on RU355 should be discussed prudently’


KUALA LUMPUR: Any issue that arises from the proposal to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Revised 1988) (Act 355) to impose heavier punishments on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community should be “addressed prudently”, says the de facto religious affairs minister.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said that in order for them to change, a soft approach should be used to “educate the community”.

“I have to look at various aspects including the provisions of laws..., ” he told a press conference after the presentation ceremony of Ihya Ramadan aid and appointment letters to amil (zakat collectors) for this year, here yesterday.

He said this in response to objections by the Group of 25 Eminent Malays (G25) who had voiced objections to Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Ahmad Marzuk Shaary’s proposal to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to impose heavier punishments on the LGBT community. — Bernama

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