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Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur mass rally calls for stricter Islamic law


Singapore is nervous about this development. A staggering 40% of the population in Kuala Lumpur are non-Muslims. They better plan to leave.

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Kuala Lumpur rally calls for stricter Islamic law

Push to allow Islamic courts to impose more severe punishments fuels fears of growing division in multi-ethnic nation.

Kate Mayberry
AlJazeera

About 40 percent of Malaysia’s population is not Muslim [Kate Mayberry/Al Jazeera]
About 40 percent of Malaysia’s population is not Muslim [Kate Mayberry/Al Jazeera]

Kuala Lumpur – A massive rally in the heart of Kuala Lumpur in support of proposals to allow Islamic courts to impose more severe punishments has raised fears of growing division in Malaysia’s multicultural society.

The amendments to Act 355, expected to be discussed in parliament when it sits next month, will allow the Islamic courts, which rule on religious matters and family law for Muslims, to impose a jail sentence of as long as 30 years, as many as 100 strokes of the cane and a fine of more than $22,000.

Currently, the maximum punishments are three-year jail term, six strokes of the cane and a fine of more than $1,100.

Saturday’s rally was mostly attended by supporters of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), which is pushing the amendments, saying the changes will enhance the status of the Islamic courts and deter wrongdoing.

Critics of the amendments say they are unjust, disproportionate and unconstitutional.

‘Necessary upgrade’

Wearing purple T-shirts, people began arriving in Kuala Lumpur in the morning.

While some were brought in by bus from PAS stronghold in the northeastern state of Kelantan, and neighbouring Terengganu, others came from Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding state of Selangor.

Many brought their children. Police estimated the crowd at about 20,000, while the local media put it at 50,000. PAS had said they expected to mobilise 200,000 people.

“[The amendments] are necessary to upgrade the Islamic laws,” said Shahrul Biden, a 40-year-old salesman and PAS supporter from Kuala Lumpur, who was among the crowd.”

As Muslims we are obliged to follow the rule of law as laid down by God, Allah, no matter what.


Critics say the proposed amendments are unjust and unconstitutional [Kate Mayberry/Al Jazeera]

About 40 percent of Malaysia’s population is not Muslim, and the country has a dual legal system, with secular courts responsible for all civil and criminal matters.

United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the party of Najib Razak, the Malaysian prime minister, which is giving tacit support to the PAS bill, governs in coalition with a number of race-based non-Muslim parties who have expressed their concern about the amendments.

Jamil Khir Baharom, the government minister responsible for Islamic affairs, spoke at the PAS rally after night fell, clad in purple like the rest of the demonstrators. Abdul Hadi Awang, PAS leader, was due to close the event.

At a rival rally, about 100 people gathered in a nearby suburb to protest against the plans, which they argue are not only incompatible with Malaysia’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, but in breach of the country’s secular constitution.

An ethnic Chinese politician from one of the smaller parties in Najib’s coalition told the crowd he would resign if the amendments were passed.

Organisers said members of parliament from the Borneo state of Sarawak, which has a large Christian population, had informed them they would reject the proposals.

The opposition Democratic Action Party, which used to be in coalition with PAS, has reiterated it will reject the amendments; the version of the bill tabled last year led to the collapse of the opposition pact.

Affecting non-Muslims

While Malaysia’s non-Muslims do not have jurisdiction in the Islamic courts, they have increasingly found themselves caught up in proceedings, particularly in cases of divorce – in Malaysia non-Muslims must convert in order to marry a Muslim – or child conversion.

One case has been dragging on for nearly a decade, with a Hindu woman’s former husband, who converted to Islam and changed his children’s religion without seeking his wife’s consent, ignoring a civil court order to return his youngest child to her mother.

The religious bodies have also been accused of abusing their powers.

A Muslim married couple, who were accused of khalwat [close proximity of non-married people] by the religious police, is suing the Islamic authorities, claiming a breach of their rights under the constitution.

“This process of Islamisation should stop,” said Helen Ting, 53, who comes from Sarawak but works near Kuala Lumpur, and attended the rally against the amendments.

“We want to tell the government it’s time do a stock-take [and assess] the impact of this on our country – not just for the non-Muslims but the Muslims too.”

11 thoughts on “Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur mass rally calls for stricter Islamic law

  1. Sober question: Who paid that rally-I assume the Saudis? A Soros equivalent? A rally in Barcelona for welcoming “refugees” with many people having all the same board! Organized by an “Open” org. Spain has many unemployed people…I assume they will send them to Germany. Germany has just around 7 millions unemployed…..and are very much welcoming illiterate rocket scientists.

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  2. Oh great, we’re going to get to see leftist news twist in the MSM about this in a few short years. Might as well just re-run footage of Libya Bosnia Chechnya etc and change a few names
    Hopefully China is taking note, while polishing off a few spare rounds
    Actually, Israel too, glad Trump calls it straight

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  3. Also, do people (of the same age group you mention), know that the entire Middle East was once Christian d’you suppose? That it was conquered by violent, expansionist, Jihadist Muslims? Untold millions of Christians, Persian’s and Jews butchered or forced to convert to Islam?

    What about slavery? Ask young people about that and they’ll know all about white involvement, no doubt. But how many will be able to speak about the Barbary slave trade, or the Muslim slave traders that operated in Black African slaves for many centuries before whites got in on the whole terrible business? What will they know of the Black Africans who captured and sold their fellow Black Africans off to these slavers? Or Modern day slavery in India, Africa? IE Boko Haram in Nigeria? This is because the left has been running education in the West for so many decades and it is less interested in teaching the truth, than it is in instilling and maintaining a white western guilt complex among students.

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    • Sammarine pleased to make your acquaintance and glad to know another woman knows her history of Islam as well as I do. For sure our daughters were steered clear of Muslim men and Islam in general. The damage now I hope is not beyond repair.

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  4. Anyone remember when Malaysia was primarily Buddhist? Never was the indiginous population only 40% non–muslim. So what does this tell us? This has happened in the last 30 years. That is from 1985 not that long ago. Probably many of you were born around this time – I blame parents/schools for not educating 30 years olds and less on the history of Islam. When we were kids we knew full well the nature of Islam – is it any wonder politicians (mean age approx 46) are as ignorant as shite about ISLAM? Even top secondary education focused on in-depth history of ISLAM. All this is the result of years and years of hippy leftist ideas and ‘flower power’. I certainly had no time for hippies and their idiotic take on life. Hippies were just a tad an older generation from my own, ban the bomb, Greenham Common women, Feminism what a load of crap.

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    • Also, do people (of the same age group you mention), know that the entire Middle East was once Christian d’you suppose? That it was conquered by violent, expansionist, Jihadist Muslims? Untold millions of Christians, Persian’s and Jews butchered or forced to convert to Islam?

      What about slavery? Ask young people about that and they’ll know all about white involvement, no doubt. But how many will be able to speak about the Barbary slave trade, or the Muslim slave traders that operated in Black African slaves for many centuries before whites got in on the whole terrible business? What will they know of the Black Africans who captured and sold their fellow Black Africans off to these slavers? Or Modern day slavery in India, Africa? IE Boko Haram in Nigeria? This is because the left has been running education in the West for so many decades and it is less interested in teaching the truth, than it is in instilling and maintaining a white western guilt complex among students.

      whoops sorry double post….

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