BUTTERWORTH: Umno’s Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya has likened a planned motion to condemn him at the Penang State Assembly to the act of denouncing Islamic law.
He said the move announced by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over his recent remarks in Parliament could be construed as a precursor to do away with state Islamic legislations.
The former president of the Penang State Islamic Council said his comments in the Dewan Rakyat on April 4 on rape and child marriage were based on Islamic family laws.
Hence, Lim, in wanting child marriages banned, appeared to not want these laws, he said when visiting Pengkalan Machang in Sungai Dua here.
Shabudin was reported to have told Parliament that it is not wrong for a girl to get married to her rapist.
The former Penang State Islamic Council president reportedly said that it would be good for the girl as she would otherwise face a bleak future.
He also said some 16-year-old girls had “wild lifestyles” and their families found it hard to control them.
However, in a statement on April 5, Shabudin claimed he had been quoted out of context, and that he had said the child cannot be married off by her wali (guardian) without the permission of Shariah courts.
On April 7, Lim, who is the DAP’s Air Puteh assemblyman, announced the decision to table the motion against Shabudin in the next sitting of the assembly.
Shabudin said Lim appeared to seek the repeal of laws relating to the minimum age for marriage and the powers of a shariah judge to decide whether a marriage can be solemnised, as provided under Islamic Family Law (State of Penang) Enactment 2004.
He said if Lim goes ahead with the motion it would be as good as “throwing away” sections 8 and 18 of the enactment which relate to these matters.
“Before Lim tables the motion against me, he must first state his stand on the state Islamic laws I have mentioned,” he added.
Section 8 states that no marriage can take place for males under 18 and females under 16, unless allowed by the shariah judge.
Section 18 relates to decisions made by a judge for a marriage involving those who are under-aged, widowed or without a wali.
Criticising the proposed motion as political, Shabudin added that his remarks in Parliament had received backing from the Kelantan mufti and a former mufti of Penang.
He said his comments were merely part of a debate on the Child Sexual Crime Bill 2017 when he defended state Islamic laws after an opposition MP had demanded that child marriages be banned.
He said if child marriages were prohibited, it would affect the Islamic enactments on families in all states in Malaysia.