KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 ― Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir Malaysia (HT-M) has rebuffed PAS’ bid to strengthen the Shariah courts through a legislative amendment, saying the parliamentary route to uphold God’s law is wrong.
The local chapter of the international hardline group seeking to create a global caliphate argued that divine laws cannot be debated or passed by a secular system that relies on a majority vote and would end up belittling Islam.
“The parliamentary and democratic route is prepared by a secular system, and is not a Shariah-compliant path to uphold Allah's law.
“Through this un-Islamic system humans have usurped God's right as the maker of laws and this is haram, and can corrupt one's faith. How can Allah's law be subject to the approval of humans before it is enacted?” the group said in a posting on their website yesterday.
HT-M also criticised proponents of Hadi's Bill who have repeatedly claimed that non-Muslims would not be affected by the amendments, saying that no one should exempted from God's law.
“God's law is for all humans, whether or not they are non-Muslims or Muslims, except for some specific laws involving marriage, food and drinks and a few other things.”
The group also claimed that the Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 is merely cosmetic in nature, as it is limited and had no jurisdiction on other crimes like murder, corruption and robbery.
“RUU355 only involves some amendments to the court's jurisdiction in terms of 'punishments' without changing ‘the types of punishments’,” it said, referring to the Bill by its Malay name.
Critics call the amendment proposal Hadi’s Bill, while the Shariah law is also known as Act 355.
The Bill aims to raise the ceiling on Shariah punishments from three years’ imprisonment, six strokes of the cane and an RM5,000 fine to 30 years’ imprisonment, 100 strokes, and an RM100,000 fine.
PAS and other Islamist groups will be holding a gathering at Padang Merbok between 3pm and 11pm tomorrow in support of Hadi and his Bill.
A counter-rally organised by a civil society group calling itself BEBAS and says it is for equality, religious freedom and against racial discrimination will be gathering at Taman Tasik Jaya near Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya, Selangor at the same time to demonstrate their peaceful rejection of the Bill.