GEORGE TOWN: Lim Guan Eng has reproached Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya for “spinning” news that a planned motion against him at the Penang state assembly equates to denouncing Islamic law.
The Penang chief minister today said the reported claim by Shabudin, in commenting on the motion to condemn his reported remarks on rape and child marriage, smacked of desperation.
“We are not against Islamic family laws. This is an act of a desperado,” Lim said at a press conference at his office in Komtar today.
“I am not going to comment too much on this as I have not read the (news) story in detail. He must be quite desperate to spin this.”
Shabudin had yesterday described the planned motion to be as good as repealing sections 8 and 18 of the Islamic Family Law (State of Penang) Enactment 2004.
The federal Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda) chairman had said that Lim, in wanting child marriages banned, appeared to not want these laws.
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 underage, widowed or without a wali (guardian).
Lim said the motion against Shabudin, planned for tabling next month, was decided on after Shabudin had supported underage marriage in the Dewan Rakyat on April 4.
He said Shabudin had made a “kolot” (old-fashioned) statement in asserting that young girls who were physically and spiritually ready can marry.
“It is a statement that is insulting to women and (encourages) sexual violence on children,” he said, calling on Shabudin to repent by resigning as MP.
He added that the motion was not politically motivated.
“If we wanted to take revenge, we could propose a motion on the Perda land deal, but we did not do so,” he said, in reference to Shabudin’s alleged role in selling a government land at a loss of more than RM15 million.
Last April, Lim alleged that a 3.4ha land belonging to Perda, located at Kampung Tok Keramat near MRSM Transkrian in Nibong Tebal, had been sold to SYT Prestige Sdn Bhd for RM1.42 million.
He said the land was sold at that price on July 28, 2015, when the market value was RM16.6 million. He claimed that the land had been acquired by Perda on Feb 27, 1986.
Shabudin was reported to have told Parliament that it was 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 without the permission of the Shariah Court.
On April 7, Lim, who is Air Puteh assemblyman, announced the decision to table the motion against Shabudin.