PETALING JAYA: PAS’ claims that Syariah laws will not affect non-Muslims is a fallacy after a non-Muslim business operator in Kelantan was slapped with a summons for displaying sexy pictures, said Kelantan MCA secretary Datuk Lua Choon Hann.
“PAS has proven its fallacy of its often repeated claim that the Kelantan hudud enactments hold no bearing on non-Muslims.
“On July 25 a summons was issued to a watch retailer operating on the ground floor of a shopping mall in Kota Baru for violating MBKB’s (Kota Baru City Council) conditions (on sexy pictures),” Lua said in a statement on Tuesday.
Lua said this clearly demonstrated that the PAS-led state government’s enforcement do target and deem non-Muslims as law-breakers.
Lua, who is Kelantan MCA Economic Consultative Committee chairman, said MCA wanted to create awareness that the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 355 tabled by PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang would result in the removal of protections and safeguards accorded to non-Muslims under the Federal Constitution.
“There is nothing stopping any other Federal legislator from proposing legislation that hudud criminal codes and penalties be enforced on non-Muslims as befell in Aceh, Indonesia,” he said referring to the imposition of Syariah in Aceh which allows public whipping on non-Muslims for offences including selling and consuming alcohol and gambling.