Apologise or face the law, shariah official tells Rafizi

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KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu Shariah Appeal Court chief registrar Wan Abd Malik Wan Sidek says Rafizi Ramli must apologise for his remarks about the Islamic courts or face the law.

Wan Abd Malik said the Pandan MP’s recent statement on shariah court judges was regarded as slanderous and an insult to the institution and the judges of the shariah courts.

He added that Rafizi’s remarks could also create confusion, reduce public confidence in the shariah courts and degrade shariah court judges.

“So, we ask Rafizi to retract the statement or give an open apology. We give him one month to do so before taking legal action.

“The remark is also an insult to the institution of the Malay Rulers who have appointed the shariah court judges, and lowers their reputation in the eyes of the public,” he said to reporters at the Kuala Terengganu Police headquarters after lodging a police report today.

On April 10, Rafizi held a mock Parliament session at Invoke Space to debate the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) after opposition lawmakers were denied their right to speak at the Dewan Rakyat.

During the session, Rafizi claimed there was a risk of corruption and abuse of power by Islamic court judges earning between RM6,000 and RM7,000 who were allowed to send people to jail for 30 years.

“Someone with a lower salary given big powers to jail someone for 30 years – such powers, if not properly managed, opens the door to abuse,” he was reported as saying.