Only the guilty will fear vice hotline, Jais chief says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — Only Muslims who have committed vice have reservations against the Selangor religious authorities’ new smartphone application, the state’s Islamic Department (Jais) director Datuk Haris Kasim said.

He told news portal Free Malaysia Today(FMT) that the app, also known as “Hotline Jais” would help curb vice activities before they happened, adding that prevention was better than treating crimes after they took place.

If he or she had done no wrong, what is there to be afraid of?

“What is there to be afraid of if you are not involved in khalwat,” Haris was quoted saying, referring to the Muslim offence of close proximity with someone of the opposite gender.

“What is there to be worried about with this application?” he asked.

According to the news report, Haris was responding to criticism that the app would encourage Muslims to spy on each other, an action frown upon in Islam. Read more

Consultative process must be established for Islamic law enactments — G25

Source: The Malay Mail Online

AUGUST 6 — G25 would like to refer to the letter from the Assistant Director, Jakim published in your column on 1 August in which he accused the liberals for not respecting the authority of Islamic scholars. The writer quoted from well-known Muslim scholars, old and new, to explain the personal sins in Islam and proceeded to criticise G25 for allegedly not understanding the concept of sins in Islam.

The most important point for readers to note is that nowhere in Jakim’s long letter was the word constitution mentioned, giving us the impression that the writer has probably forgotten or is not aware that Malaysia is a constitutional democracy, with Islam as the official religion. It was designed with checks and balances to ensure that no Federal or state authority has absolute authority in governing the country. Any law passed by parliament or any state legislature that contravenes the constitutional rights of citizens can be challenged in court and declared invalid.

The constitution, as the supreme law of the country, has spelt out the powers of state religious authorities in the protection, promotion and development of Islam, while ensuring that in exercising their powers, the states cannot go beyond their jurisdiction on matters of criminal justice, as crimes are a Federal responsibility. Religious scholars and institutions that are responsible for the administration of Islam must understand that there are limits in legislating on the personal sins of Muslims, because punishments that are not authorised under the constitution are illegal. Read more

‘Don’t admonish students who offer constructive criticism’

Source: NST Online

File pic taken from NST Online

File pic taken from NST Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Students who voice out criticism in a constructive manner should not be subjected to any disciplinary action, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Instead, he said such constructive criticism should be acknowledged and taken into consideration.

“I ask that the Higher Education Ministry as well as other ministries, government bodies and departments listen to criticism and students’ voices. “Do not take disciplinary action against them because they should not be shackled…on the contrary, they should be given guidance,” he said.

However, Zahid said students should be wary of the way they criticise the government. “Criticisms should be constructive and not destructive.

One can criticise and have opposing opinions but it must be intellectual,” he said during the 2016 Parliamentary Conference of Students dinner at the Putra World Trade Centre here earlier tonight. Read more