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Nations change over time – and so, perhaps, should laws. But it’s crucial that we don’t manipulate the intent behind the words of the Federal Constitution to fit present-day needs, for it would demean that crucial document.
If PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act is approved by Parliament, what impact will the enhanced punishments have on syariah offences like expressing an opinion contrary to a state fatwa or discussing Islam with non-family members – including friends – without getting a tauliah (credentials) from the state’s religious body?
FEBRUARY 8 is the day of birth of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the father of our nation and the guiding light behind the Merdeka Agreements, the Merdeka Constitution and the “social contract” that is implicit in our constitutional charter.