PETALING JAYA: PAS today claimed its aspirations to strengthen shariah laws in the country had been undermined by the appointments of non-Muslims to several important posts related to the judiciary.
PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan said Muslims in the country were concerned that their well-being would now be jeopardised, particularly in relation to legal matters.
He added that the appointments showed the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government was ignoring the feelings and views of Muslims in the matter.
Nasrudin was referring to the appointments of Richard Malanjum as chief justice last night, as well as Liew Vui Keong as minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for legal affairs and Tommy Thomas as attorney-general.
“The control of the three positions in the legal system and judiciary by these appointees has caused apprehension among the Muslims,” he said in a statement today.
He added that the government had made an unprecedented move to appoint the first non-Muslim chief justice since 1963, when the post was known as that of the lord president.
He also claimed Malanjum’s judicial record showed that he was not sympathetic to Islam in key cases.
Alleging that Islam was already in a shaky position under the previous Barisan Nasional government, he said the situation had been made worse by the new PH administration.
“What more will Muslims face after this?” he said.
He also hit out at the PH government for apparently acting in haste concerning Malanjum’s appointment.
“Why the rush? The resignation of Md Raus Sharif only comes into effect on July 31. Does this mean that Malaysia will have two chief justices until the end of July?”
He also questioned if Raus had been forced to immediately submit his letter of resignation.