PAS leader says amputation of limbs not cruel

Mohd-Amar-Abdullah

KOTA BHARU: Amputating the hands of offenders under hudud law is not a cruel act as it is meant to save society, Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Abdullah said.

A report in The Star quoted him as saying the severing of the wrist was akin to a doctor amputating a diabetic patient’s limbs.

He said no one could accuse the doctor of an act of cruelty, as it was done to save the life of the patient.

Mohd Amar, who is also the State Hudud Technical Committee Chairman, said this in a series of explanations on hudud laws uploaded on his Facebook page recently.

According to the report, Mohd Amar said the West had continuously accused Islam of practicing inhuman punishment but these laws had been laid down from an Islamic perspective.

The PAS-led Kelantan government wants to implement hudud laws.

PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang introduced a Private Members Bill in Parliament seeking to allow Islamic courts to hand down sentences harsher than the current limits of a three-year jail term, RM5,000 fine and six lashes of the whip on Muslim offenders.