We, the undersigned civil society organisations, would like to express our deepest concern about the the tabling of the Enakmen Kanun Jenayah Syariah II 1993 (Pindaan 2015) in the Kelantan State Assembly by the Kelantan State Government.
We are of the opinion that this move is not consistent with the Federal Constitution and anyone that wishes to introduce the hudud law in Malaysia, whether at the State or Federal level, should first move a motion in the national Parliament to amend the Federal Constitution, which will require the support of two thirds of the Members of Parliament.
However, beyond the lawmaking process, we would like to call for an open discourse and debate on the issue of hudud. As the implementation of hudud will, without any doubt, affect all Malaysians regardless of religious affiliation, ethnic background or state of residence, all Malaysians should be allowed to discuss the issue as all are stakeholders of this country.
Non-Muslims should not be silenced just because they are allegedly not affected by the Islamic laws. Any Muslim who wish to be involved in the discussion should also be allowed to do so without their religious credentials being questioned.
An open discussion of the implementation of Islamic laws, particularly hudud, is long overdue. Now is the time for all of the supporters and critics of hudud to discuss it openly and scrutinise each other’s position.
1.Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
2.JIHAD for Justice
3.Kill The Bill
4.Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
5.Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiswa Independen (KAMI)
6.LLG Cultural Development Centre
7.Majlis Perundingan Malaysia Agama Buddha, Krisitian, Hindu, Sikh dan Tao (MCCBCHST)
8.Malacca Chinese Assembly Hall
9.National Indian Rights Action Team (NIAT)
10.Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)
11.One Race – Human Race
12.Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI)
13.Penang Chinese Town Hall
14.Persatuan Bekas Siswazah Universiti dan Kolej di China, Malaysia (Liu-Hua)
15.Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)
16.Sisters in Islam (SIS)
17.Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
19.The Federation of Chinese Association Johore State (FCAJ)
20.The United Chinese School Teachers’ Association of Malaysia (UCSTAM)
21.United Chinese Schools Alumni Associations of Malaysia (UCSAAM)
22.We Are Malaysians