MELAKA – All parties, especially non-Muslims, should not worry over the amendment to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Bill 355 as it is aimed at improving the legislation concerned.
Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the improvements would not interfere with the rule of law that had so far been adopted in Malaysia, namely the ‘common law’ and ‘syariah law’.
Officiating at the close of the seminar on ‘Islamic Thought Transformation’ organised by Universiti Teknologi Mara City Campus here, he said the seminar was the best medium to clarify the position of Islam among the younger generation.
He said the explanation was necessary for those at the tertiary education level so that they were not easily influenced by irresponsible parties.
“The bill in question is for the common good and an initiative to improve the Syariah law in the country. So, Muslims in the country should support and defend it.
“Non-Muslims also do not have to worry about the enhancement of the Syariah punishment because it will bring about a safer and prosperous life,” he told reporters here today. – BERNAMA