PETALING JAYA: Red Shirts movement leader Jamal Yunos today reprimanded Muslim lawmakers who either did not support the proposed amendments to the PAS-proposed shariah bill or made fun of it.
“They are devils,” Jamal said in a statement today.
The Sungai Besar Umno division chief went on to express his support for the bill, which was tabled – albeit a tweaked version – earlier today by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
While the amendments would be explained at the next Parliament sitting, among the proposals is increasing the jail term, fine and lashes for offenders.
“I pray the amendments will be supported by all lawmakers, especially the Muslim ones, as it will benefit the community in Malaysia,” Jamal said.
While some quarters argue that it is the duty of Muslims to support the bill, there is a segment of politicians who oppose the controversial bill.
Chief among them is former Umno minister Zaid Ibrahim who had two days ago penned an open letter to lawmakers , cautioning them on the proposed amendments to the shariah law, claiming it will cause”grave and untold” suffering to Malay-Muslims.
In October, Zaid advised non-Muslims not to be nonchalant about proposed amendments, arguing that it would have a great impact on the lives of the people, including how they dressed and what they could do.
Yesterday, Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem directed the 25 BN MPs in the state, including those who were Muslim, not to support the bill.
DAP’s Zairil Khir Johari, meanwhile, had earlier this year said the bill would further divide society and suppress the personal liberty of Muslims. FMT