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Johor religious committee supports amendments to increase syariah court’s power

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JOHOR BARU: The Johor state religious committee supports proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) as it believes it is necessary to ensure crimes concerning the Muslim community are curbed.

“The proposed amendment does not jeopardise the rights of the non-Muslims, so why should they be afraid?” said committee chairman Abd Mutalip Abd Rahim (pic).

“It is more towards regulations that have been stipulated by the state government based on existing legal provisions, which we want to improve,” he said when met by reporters after officiating the Carnival on Syariah-compliant Management Technology at the Politeknik Metro Johor Bahru here Sunday.

He said this when asked about the Himpunan 355 gathering held in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

On Nov 24 last year, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi submitted a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament to strengthen the syariah courts powers in imposing criminal sentences. – Bernama

 

The Star Online

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