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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Don’t challenge more state laws, says PAS after court ruling


PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan says the party will push to harmonise civil law and shariah law. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: In the wake of a court ruling that a shariah enactment on unnatural sex was unconstitutional, PAS has urged that no further challenges to state law be mounted.

PAS secretary general Takiyuddin Hassan said the party would continue its efforts to harmonise civil law, based on English common law, with Islamic law.

He said the Federal Court ruling striking down the Selangor enactment should be respected.

However, he said the party was worried that “if the judiciary decides a case because of public pressure, this will lead to future implications that do not benefit the country”.

In calling for civil law to be harmonised with Islamic law, Takiyuddin said that the colonial-era courts had upheld Islamic law as being part of the law of the land.

Earlier this week, the Federal Court declared Section 28 of Shariah Criminal Offences (Selangor) as null and void, as the primary power to enact criminal laws lies with Parliament.

The ruling was made on a petition by a man who had been charged in the shariah court for “attempting to commit sexual intercourse against the order of nature” with other men. - FMT

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