PBS Will Never Support Hudud Law, Maximus Ongkili Reassures Sabahans

Dr Maximus Ongkili and his entourage being welcomed by troupe of Lunbawang dancers at the entrance of the new community hall in Kampung Baru Mission. – Photo credit Therenes Voo
Dr Maximus Ongkili and his entourage being welcomed by troupe of Lunbawang dancers at the entrance of the new community hall in Kampung Baru Mission. – Photo credit Therenes Voo

LAWAS – The executive deputy president of Parti Bersatu Sabah, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili reiterated the party’s stand that it will not support the implementation of Hudud law.

Voicing out PBS’ strong objection to the PAS’ Private Bill on Syariah amendment, Ongkili who is also the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water said they will use all the powers they have to prevent it from being imposed.

“Proposed amendments to be tabled by (Awang) Hadi (PAS leader) contravene provisions of the Federal Constitution,” he said adding that the country already has its own Penal Code to punish criminals for their offences.

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“Should the Bill come to pass, it will be overlapping with the existing legal system that we have been practicing all these while,” he stressed, adding that the country cannot have two legal systems at the same time.

While the hudud law only applied to Muslims, it would “if enforced will dictate the lifestyles of everyone, especially the non-Muslim, he added.

For the sake of all Malaysians, PBS will stand strong in objecting to the Bill from being approved and imposed.

“PBS will strongly reject the Bill,” he said to the large crowd after officiating a new community hall and handling ceremony of Government’s contribution to the religious institutions here in Kampung Baru Mission.

At the event Monday, Ongkili who is also the Kota Marudu member of parliament presented the Federal Government’s contributions of RM1 million to 20 churches here, with each receiving RM50,000.

Also present at the event were the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operative and Consumerism (KPDNKK) cum Lawas MP, Datuk Henry Sum Agong, Sarawak KPDNKK Director Datuk Stanley Tan and Lawas District Officer Hussaini Hakim.