Malaysia Sharia Law: Supreme Court ‘cancels’ Sharia law in Malaysia, radicals enraged, came out in protest – malaysia supreme court cancels sharia based state laws
The nine-judge Federal Court, by an 8-1 majority, invalidated 16 laws enacted by the Kelantan state government, covering issues ranging from sodomy, sexual harassment, incest and ‘cross dressing’ to perjury. There was provision for punishment for crimes up to death. The court said that the state cannot make Islamic laws on these subjects, as they fall under Malaysian federal law.
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Threat to Sharia law?
Nick Allin Nick Abdul Rashid, a lawyer who challenged the state laws, said the court’s decision affirms the Malaysian Constitution as the supreme law of the country. Hundreds of supporters of the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party gathered outside the Federal Court demanding protection of Sharia. PAS secretary-general Taqiuddin Hassan said, ‘We are very sad today, it is a Black Friday for Islamic Sharia laws. Now Sharia laws may face the same risk in other states too.
(With agency input.)
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