KOTA BAHARU, Oct 15 (Bernama) — The Kelantan government is firm on implementing the Syariah Criminal Law (Hudud) despite disagreement from the non-Muslim community, said State Islamic Development, Dakwah, Information and Public Relations Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Nassuruddin Daud.
He said, however, that the implementation of the law and the penalties would only involve Muslims in the state.
“The non-Muslims have no reason to disagree because they are not subject to the law,” he said when winding up the debate on the state government’s Budget 2015 in the state assembly here today.
When met outside the assembly hall, Mohd Nassuruddin said the committee was optimistic that the law would be implemented next year.
“We have set up a committee and have the cooperation of the federal government. InsyaAllah (God willing), the Hudud law will become a reality in 2015.
“We have also convened two meetings with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the committee on the matter,” he said.
Earlier, during the question time in the assembly, Mohd Nasaruddin said the committee would take action against Muslim men who did not perform Friday prayers on purpose.
He said the action against them would be taken under Section 104 of the Kelantan Council of the Religion of Islam and Malay Custom Enactment 1994, which carried a maximum fine of RM1,000 or one year’s jail, or both, upon conviction.
Mohd Nassuruddin said the committee would also consider a suggestion from Wan Ubaidah Omar (PAS-Kijang) to set up a women’s monitoring team to identify the men who deliberately stayed away from Friday prayers.
The assembly then passed the state’s 2015 Budget and adjourned sine die.