Malaysia considers switch to Islamic law

from The Daily Telegraph

Prince Andrew looks on during a parade at the historic Merdeka Square in downtown Kuala Lumpur

Prince Andrew looks on during a parade at the historic Merdeka Square in downtown Kuala Lumpur
Hardline Islamic law could be introduced across Malaysia under reforms proposed by the country’s chief justice.

As the nation in south-east Asia celebrated 50 years of independence from Britain yesterday, its government was preparing to discuss a plan that would revolutionise the legal system put in place by its former colonial administrators.

As Kuala Lumpur witnessed celebrations that included parades, fireworks and a fighter-jet fly-by attended by the Duke of York, the proposal pointed to the deep differences which locals say are poisoning social relations beyond the glitter and skyscrapers of Malaysia’s modern capital city.

Ahmad Fairuz, the chief justice, told an Islamic conference in Kuala Lumpur that 50 years of independence had failed to free Malaysia from the “clutches of colonialism”. Sharia law should be “infused” into the gaps created by abolishing common law, he said.

Malaysia’s non-Muslim Chinese and Indian communities, who form 40 per cent of the population, are alarmed at creeping Islamisation.

Abdul Badawi, the prime minister, this month joined other leaders for the first time in denying what the British-authored constitution has said for 50 years – that Malaysia is a secular state.

Sharia law already operates in some Malaysian states and is occasionally applied to non-Muslims, as in July when Islamic officials forcibly separated a Hindu-Muslim couple with six children after 21 years of marriage.

The majority ethnic Malays are defined as Muslim by law and forbidden from converting.Racial tensions are already high due to official discrimination in favour of Malays, who enjoy better employment opportunities, preferential loans and lower house prices.

Dr Mohd Hatta, of the Islamic Party, welcomed the latest proposal in principle, but said: “The chief justice should be enforcing laws, not making them.”

Meanwhile, dissent is increasingly harshly repressed. Journalists and bloggers say they are tailed by police and their phones are tapped.


2 Responses to Malaysia considers switch to Islamic law

  1. Islamic creep continues…I should probably be buying my daughter a Burkha…people ignore thingsl ike this, but it continues to spread while they watc the paltry in significance Iraq war while enjoying dinner.

    good post

  2. Pakiam Mary Saminathan says:

    Laws are made for the well-being of the people. Call it civil, Islamic or whatever law but laws enacted to serve the pockets and greed for power of the leaders are not of God. I think we need to go deeper into our consciousness and stand before the Almighty in truth and sincerity. It seems to me that Malaysia is on the verge of losing its conscience and purpose that our forefathers possessed. No law or religion can save us if their sole prupose is to enhance our position of power. May God save our souls! The cancer seems to be spreading.

    I love this country as it is the land of my birth. How can a child forget its mother who gave her life!

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