Hudud Laws

A feud: Nik Aziz wants to implement Hudud (حدود) Laws in Kelantan. Anwar Ibrahim expresses his personal support while Karpal Singh will die before he sees that happen.

Me? I think everyone is just making a whole lot of noise for no good reason. Chillax!

Personally, I think that it is silly to jump at the Hudud bogeyman. Malaysia is unique in that it already has two sets of laws in the country – regular laws derived from the Common Law system, and Syariah Laws that are derived from the Islamic system.

And there is one provision in our Constitution that I have faith in – Article 4(1):

This Constitution is the supreme law of the Federation and any law passed after Merdeka Day which is inconsistent with this Constitution shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.

That alone, helps me sleep better at night, knowing that whatever form of Hudud Law that Nik Aziz wants to implement in Kelantan, would need to be in-line with the Constitution. Otherwise, it’s essentially null and void.

So, as a reasonable person and soon-to-be law student, I will wait till the details are worked out before worrying about it too much.

PS: If they chop off the hands of pick-pockets, I wonder what they’d do to those who rob the nation…

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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