PAS supports Perak mufti’s proposal to elevate shariah judiciary

PAS President, Hadi Awang, at the launch of Wisma Purnama Pas in Pengkalan, Ipoh February 3, 2018. — Picture by Pheong Kar Yu
PAS President, Hadi Awang, at the launch of Wisma Purnama Pas in Pengkalan, Ipoh February 3, 2018. — Picture by Pheong Kar Yu

IPOH, Feb 3 — PAS  supports the proposal by Perak Mufti  Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria calling on the Perak government to make the necessary amendments to the state constitution to include the Shariah  judiciary system, said it president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

He said the proposal was apt because the Federal Constitution states that Islam is the official religion of the federation and that the move would put Shariah courts on par with civil courts.

“The Shariah judiciary system upholds justice for all. So there is no need to fear discrimination of non-Muslims,” he told a press conference after opening Wisma Purnama PAS in Gopeng near here today.

Harussani had made the call on February 1 in the wake of the Federal Court’s landmark decision declaring as null and void the unilateral conversion of three children of kindergarten teacher M. Indira Ghandi to Islam by her ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah.

On another matter, Abdul Hadi said PAS was not a “mat jenin” party (party of day dreamers) and that this was attested to by the fact that it had more than a million members and 195  divisions across the country.

On January 23, former prime minister  Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is now leading opposition pact Pakatan Harapan, had scoffed at PAS’ plan to contest 130 seats in the 14th General Election, saying  the religious party was “day dreaming” that it could form the government  as it had never done well when it struck out on its own. — Bernama