What now, Wan Junaidi? Guan Eng Calls on Minister of Law after Minister of Islamic Affairs Confirms Bill to Control Non-Muslim Religions Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, October 7 – Lim Guan Eng of the DAP today urged de facto law minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar to clarify his position on the government’s plan to introduce two new Islamic laws which, according to critics, affect religious freedom in Malaysia.
The Bagan MP noted that Wan Junaidi had previously denied that the bills were on the cards and downplayed the perception that they would diminish constitutional freedoms, especially those of non-Muslim faiths.
“Wan Junaidi should clarify, especially when the state governments of Sabah and Sarawak have openly declared their opposition to the SAP proposals,” Lim said in a statement.
Lim was referring to two government proposals – the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016, better known as RUU355, and the Control of the Spread of non-Muslim religions.
Wan Junaidi was reported by several news outlets as having said on September 7 that several Islamic bills that had been discussed had not yet been raised in Cabinet meetings.
Santubong Party MP Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu also reportedly said that even if tabled in parliament, proposed laws must first obtain the consent of all leaders of the state concerned, as Islam falls under the jurisdiction of the state.
Islamic Affairs Minister Idris Ahmad, who is also PAS vice president, confirmed yesterday that the bill to control the spread of non-Muslim religions will be tabled in parliament, but said it was not not intended to restrict religious freedom among non-Muslims, as they may proselytize faiths among themselves.
However, Lim claimed that the PAS had taken a hostile stance towards non-Muslims since the death of Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat who was his spiritual advisor.
“In addition, PAS’s brand of extremism is evidenced by its support for the Taliban government in Afghanistan, which denies women educational and employment opportunities.
“For Idris Ahmad, claiming that this proposed new legislation will only be applied to Muslims, like the bill to restrict the spread of non-Islamic religions, reminds us of the justification of extremist religious preacher Syakir Nasoha, spreading lies against non-Muslims, that his insulting and derogatory remarks against non-Muslims were addressed only to Muslims, ”he added.
Lim stressed that questions will continue to be asked about such bills and whether they violate the Federal Constitution?
In August, the chairman of the PAS’s international affairs and foreign relations committee, Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi, took to Twitter to “congratulate the Afghan people and the Taliban-led government on their victory” after the Taliban took over. took control of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Last week, a video of Kedah-based preacher Syakir Nasoha – where, among other things, he claimed that non-believers “rushed” to kill Muslims – went viral on social media, sparking public outrage. and several police reports were filed against him. .