Bebas: Hadi’s bill not defeated yet

Source: FMT News

Secular activist group says it will not hesitate to mobilise public opinion against the shariah amendment bill if it is tabled. Pic from FMT News.

Secular activist group says it will not hesitate to mobilise public opinion against the shariah amendment bill if it is tabled. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Although the government is not taking over nor tabling the private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), the bill hasn’t been defeated says secular activist group Bebas.

Bebas member Azrul Mohd Khalib said support to amend the act wasn’t limited to PAS leaders and members.

“We have to recognise that this is not an issue that has support only from PAS.

“It is not a question for Umno to decide for Malaysia and Malaysians whether it is suitable.

“The Islamisation of our country is an agenda that is being championed by many individuals, parties and organisations.”

Azrul said the private member’s bill – pushed by PAS president and Marang MP Abdul Hadi Awang – was only one component of the agenda.

Even then, he said the government’s abandonment of plans to take over and table the bill doesn’t mean it has been defeated.

It still remained a private member’s bill on the legislative list and can be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat. Read more

Be clear on RUU355’s hudud elements, Ambiga tells Bill’s proponents

Source: The Star Online

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: If the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 do not introduce hudud law, it should be stated clearly in the legislation, said Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan at a public debate on Friday.

“The best way to protect everyone is to state it in the legislation. If you say it’s not hudud, then put it in the law,” Ambiga said in response to lawyer Lukman Sheriff Alias who had argued that the amendments being proposed through the Bill, better known as RUU355, did not introduce hudud.

Lukman and Ambiga were speaking at a public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas at PJ Live Arts, here, on Friday night. Read more

Debat RUU 355: Kanun Keseksaan unsur Kristian, umat Islam tiada pilihan

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Langkah meminda undang-undang sedia ada untuk meningkatkan hukuman mengikut ajaran Islam akan membolehkan umat Islam menerima pakai prinsip-prinsip moral mengikut agama mereka, kata peguam Aidil Khalid, pendebat menyokong RUU 355.

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: Seorang ahli panel debat mengenai pindaan Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 mendakwa Kanun Keseksaan yang diguna pakai di Malaysia terdiri daripada unsur-unsur Kristian, namun umat Islam tidak pernah menjadikannya satu isu selama ini.

Sehubungan itu, peguam Aidil Khalid berkata, langkah meminda undang-undang sedia ada untuk meningkatkan hukuman mengikut ajaran Islam akan membolehkan umat Islam menerima pakai prinsip-prinsip moral mengikut agama mereka.

Beliau berkata demikian pada debat anjuran badan bukan kerajaan Bebas di PJ Live Arts di sini, malam tadi.

“Umat Islam di negara ini tertakluk kepada undang-undang sivil,” kata beliau semasa debat mengenai pindaan Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 (Akta 355) sambil menambah, beliau tidak pernah mengadu mengenainya, terutama peruntukan yang terkandung dalam Kanun Keseksaan. Read more

Public Debate – “RUU355 should be made into law”

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This is a public debate on RUU355, the private member’s Bill by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

The motion is: RUU355 should be made into law.

The team for the motion are: Aidil Khalid and Lukman Sheriff Alias.

The team against the motion are: Ambiga Sreenevasan and Haris Ibrahim.

Bebas debate on Hadi’s bill to feature Ambiga

Source: FMT News

Organisers behind RUU355 counter-rally in Petaling Jaya last month keep spotlight on contentious issue by having debate on the motion: 'RUU355 should be made into law'. Pic from FMT News.

Organisers behind RUU355 counter-rally in Petaling Jaya last month keep spotlight on contentious issue by having debate on the motion: ‘RUU355 should be made into law’. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The organisers of a rally last month, against PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill on amending the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), now plan to host a debate on the matter.

On Feb 18, Bebas staged a gathering at the Tasik Taman Jaya in Petaling Jaya, to counter the rally organised by PAS in Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur, on the same day in support of Hadi’s bill.

The gathering did gain some attention but not the numbers hoped, with only about 200 people showing up to hear the likes of former minister Zaid Ibrahim and Gerakan youth deputy chief Andy Yong speak on the issue. It was notable that no opposition MPs turned up for the gathering too.

On March 17, however, Bebas will be holding a debate on Hadi’s bill at the Studio, PJ Live Arts, in the Jaya One commercial complex in Petaling Jaya. Read more

BEBAS launches campaign to show MPs’ stance on Shariah Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BEBAS member Azrul Mohd Khalib says a 'scoreboard' will be kept on all MPs in the #YBUndiApa campaign. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

BEBAS member Azrul Mohd Khalib says a ‘scoreboard’ will be kept on all MPs in the #YBUndiApa campaign. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — A group against PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Members’ Bill to enhance Shariah punishments today launched a campaign to show the public their MPs’ position on the proposal.

BEBAS member Azrul Mohd Khalib said his group will keep a “scoreboard” on all MPs in the #YBUndiApa campaign and how they will vote on the Bill when the Parliament sits next month.

“There are three columns: No, Yes, Unknown. We marked some MPs as ‘No’ based on the public statements of the head of their party or based on their responses to our open letter.

“We have created scoreboards for Selangor and Kuala Lumpur so far. Other states will follow suit,” he said in a statement. Read more

Himpunan Rakyat Tolak Usul Hadi

Source: Facebook

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Drawn from Facebook

Himpunan Rakyat Tolak Usul Hadi

Join BEBAS this Saturday, 18 February at Tasik Taman Jaya, Petaling Jaya from 3-5pm!

This is not just about the Muslims but all of us, living in Malaysia. Sooner or later, we will all be affected. Our businesses, religious places, schools and homes. We must draw the line and fight back against religious tyranny and injustice.

Don’t expect others to do the work for you. Don’t stick your heads into the sand.

Fight for the Malaysia we want.

#TakNakUsul355

PAS denies calling those who oppose Hadi’s bill infidels

Source: FMT News

Islamist party's information chief says such a claim is wrong and due to misunderstanding on the part of the Perlis mufti. Pic from FMT News.

Islamist party’s information chief says such a claim is wrong and due to misunderstanding on the part of the Perlis mufti. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Barely 24 hours before PAS holds a rally in support of widening the shariah courts’ power, the Islamist party has denied labelling those against the initiative as “infidels”.

“We have never labelled those who opposed (amendment to) Act 355 as infidels. It is a misunderstanding on Dr Asri’s part,” the party’s Dewan Ulama information chief Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali told FMT, referring to Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, more popularly known as Maza.

Khairuddin was responding to a Facebook post by Asri who claimed those who disagreed with amending the act would be categorised as infidels, enemies of Islam and those who despised God’s laws.

Khairuddin also revealed that he had discussed the bill with Asri and claimed that the outspoken mufti was not against amending the act.

He said Asri had no issue with handing out 100 strokes of the rotan but did not agree with the proposal to increase the jail term to 30 years and impose a fine of RM100,000. Read more

BEBAS petition MPs to vote against Hadi’s Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BEBAS will hold a counter-rally against Himpunan 355 at Taman Jaya park (pic) in Petaling Jaya on February 18, 2017. — Google pic

BEBAS will hold a counter-rally against Himpunan 355 at Taman Jaya park (pic) in Petaling Jaya on February 18, 2017. — Google pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — A secular activist group has submitted a petition to all MPs today to reject a private member’s Bill to enhance the Shariah courts, should it be tabled in the coming Dewan Rakyat sitting.

The group calling itself BEBAS listed three reasons as to why the Bill should be opposed, which among others claimed that the law would exacerbate the unequal treatment of Muslims and non-Muslims; invalid concrete evidence to prove that the proposed law would be effective; and the possible abuse of the law if it was passed.

“Those who support the proposed amendment to Act 355 seem to refuse to acknowledge the grave weaknesses in the protection of the accused under the current system. Any move to enhance Shariah punishments will only make things worse. Read more