MCA: Countries with hudud can’t check corruption, crime

Toh-Chin-Yaw

PETALING JAYA: Terengganu MCA has labelled Abdul Hadi Awang’s suggestion that the Islamist party’s approach to politics, economy and society would help check corruption and crime, as nothing but wishful thinking.

Its state liaison committee chairman Toh Chin Yaw said countries which had enforced hudud law had not been able to curb these problems.

He cited Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Sudan and Afghanistan as clear examples where corruption, fraud and abuse of power were common.

“Their people live in dire straits. Even their welfare and interests cannot be ensured, so how can the impact on non-Muslims be any different?” he told The Star Online.

Toh also rejected an open letter by the PAS president on Thursday calling on Malaysians to accept an “Islamic approach”, arguing that what was proposed could create disharmony.

Toh said Hadi’s Private Member’s Bill on the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act would affect the constitutional rights of both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Toh said Hadi’s bill was a “backdoor attempt” to implement hudud.

Hadi tabled his Private Member’s Bill on the Shariah Court amendments, known as RUU 355, during a Dewan Rakyat meeting in April, but was deferred for debate by Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia.

The proposed amendments seek to increase the punishments that can be meted out by shariah courts in the country.

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