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.
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
Source: FMT News
Ibrahim Ali – Pic from FMT News
By Aedi Asri
KUALA LUMPUR: Though Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali is supportive of PAS’ efforts to empower the shariah courts, he is critical of the way the PAS-led Kelantan government has handled the issue of logging in Gua Musang.
“Good that PAS has Islam in its name but it has stupid leaders who only know how to chop down trees.
“I’m not pointing at any PAS leader in particular, but I’m disappointed,” he said in a press conference at the Perkasa headquarters here yesterday.
Ibrahim was referring to the Kelantan government’s logging activities in Gua Musang which had led to a standoff with the Orang Asli, who claimed their way of life and their livelihoods were increasingly threatened by deforestation.
Since September last year, the Orang Asli have built illegal barricades around the Balah permanent forest reserve to prevent transportation of timber. Read more
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
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
Source: FMT News
An analyst says PAS and Umno should address Orang Asli problems if they care about human rights. Pic from FMT News.
PETALING JAYA: A political scientist regards the recent PAS and Umno protest against the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar to be more of a showcase of their newfound political alliance than a show of concern over a humanitarian crisis.
“Instead of addressing the Rohingya issue, the rally looked more like an attempt to showcase Umno and PAS coming together and working as a political pact rather than a coming together of two parties in the name of human rights,” said Faisal Syam Hazis of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
“If that’s the intention, I think the opposition has the right to question their motives and the kind of image they are trying to portray for themselves.”
Faisal said that there were many pressing national issues that required cooperation beyond partisan politics, such as the plight of the Orang Asli in PAS-governed Kelantan. Read more
Source: The Sun Daily
KOTA BARU: PAS said the organisers of Bersih 5.0 had deviated from their original struggle, hence why the party decided against joining the rally.
Its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said PAS also frowned on Bersih 4.0 participants’ action to stomp on images of the country’s top leader.
“Other than deviating from the original focus, the participants at the Bersih 4.0 last time also stomped on photographs of the country’s top leader, which we cannot accept,” he said last night. Read more