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M’sian Govt says Law to curb spread of non-Muslim religions under the Pipeline

The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Ahmad Marzuk Shaary had said the Malaysian government plans to draft 4 new syariah laws, which includes the Control and Restriction on the Propagation of Non-Muslim Religions Bill.

The others include Wakaf Bill, Mufti Bill and Syariah Court Bill.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Marzuk said these new laws are part of a 5-year plan by the government to strengthen the shariah laws as part of the government’s ‘Empowerment Plan’.

“The government has drafted a plan to strengthen shariah laws, especially in the Federal Territories, over a period of five years from 2020 to 2025.” he said, Harakah Daily reported.

“In this empowerment plan, the government has proposed to enact 11 key shariah laws, which include the enactment of new laws and amendments to existing laws.”

Meanwhile, he added that the issues related RUU 355 have been discussed and is still awaiting the approval from the Cabinet to present the bill to the Council of Rulers, before presented at the next Parliament sitting.

“Only the initial draft of RUU 355 has passed the review of the Attorney General’s Chambers. In any case, we have to wait for the approval from the Cabinet.” Idris said.

The media previously reported that PAS remained steadfast with its agenda to implement the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or better known as RUU 355 or hudud law in Malaysia.

However, the head of the PAS Ulama Council, Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh said, the struggle cannot be made in a hurry because PAS wants to introduce good Islam to the general public first.

“In Islam, we should not see that the religion only punishes people, that is not correct. We want Islam to be seen as justice.”

“This RUU 355 bill will at some point in time be enforced in Malaysia.” he said.

Meanwhile, the oppressive bill had earn itself a furious backlash from the public.

The President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR), Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said the new Bill remained unclear and he hoped that the proposal will not infringe the constitutional rights of the non-Muslims in this country.

At the same time, President of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS), Bobby William questioned why the proposed new shariah law has to include a Bill on control and restrictions on the development of non-Muslim religions in Malaysia.

“Is Malaysia now under the new Prime Minister and his appointed cabinet going to change Malaysia to an Islamic State nation?” he said.

Selangor Exco, V Ganabatirau said that the introduction of the Bill is not consistent with the “Keluarga Malaysia” or “Malaysian Family” image the government is trying to potray.

He added that the nation does not require such a restrictive bill, instead it needed a Bill to promote unity among the people.

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