04hb April, 2008
Kepada: Editor, Berita Harian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Artikel “Syor pinda lagi hukuman jenayah Syariah”
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Saya lampirkan artikel tersebut berserta kenyataan daripada IKIM (berserta 'highlight") untuk kemudahan rujukan Tuan.
Sekian, terima kasih.
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Syor pinda lagi hukuman jenayah Syariah
Oleh Basir Zahrom
KUALA LUMPUR: Berikutan denda yang dikenakan Mahkamah Syariah dipandang ringan oleh umat Islam, Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 (pindaan) 1984 dicadang dipinda sekali lagi agar hukumannya ditambah.
Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Syariah, Datuk Muhammad Asri Abdullah, berkata jika dulu denda sebanyak RM5,000 dilihat banyak dan membebankan untuk dilangsaikan, tetapi sekarang ia dianggap kecil.
"Disebabkan itu, umat Islam dilihat semakin leka dan melakukan banyak jenayah Syariah," katanya selepas menutup Seminar Semakan Semula Korpus Undang-undang Islam di Malaysia anjuran Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM) di sini, semalam.
Muhammad Asri berkata, bagi pindaan dicadangkan itu, kesalahan di bawah bidang kuasa Mahkamah Rendah Syariah yang mengenakan denda RM3,000 dan lima tahun penjara dan enam kali sebatan dinaikkan kepada RM10,000 dan lima tahun penjara dan 12 sebatan.
Bagi Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah pula dicadangkan dinaikkan kepada RM20,000, 10 tahun penjara dan 24 sebatan, katanya.
Katanya, bagi kesalahan yang membabitkan secara bersama orang Islam dengan bukan Islam, mereka perlu dihukum secara setimpal.
Statement by the Director-General of IKIM
I would like to refer to the article on page 3 in the Tuesday, April 3 2008 edition of The STAR in which the headlines read "Proposal to prosecute non-Muslims for khalwat". I feel it incumbent to clarify certain matters highlighted in the aforementioned article, the contents of which are contentious to say the least.
First of all, IKIM's objectives for the 2 day seminar held in collaboration with the Syariah Judiciary Department Malaysia (JKSM) was intended to review existing syariah laws to see if there were any laws that were redundant and also to propose a solution to some of the issues currently plaguing the syariah judiciary system in Malaysia.
The article in the STAR which reports that the seminar had proposed that non-Muslims caught committing khalwat with Muslims should also be sentenced accordingly but in the civil courts, is entirely erroneous. No such proposal was made, and therefore if what is reported in the Star as being comments allegedly made by Syariah Court of Appeal Judge, are also in error.
Conversely, it is our opinion that non-Muslims cannot fundamentally be charged under any provision in Islamic law by virtue of the fact that they do not profess the religion of Islam. In addition, to my knowledge, there is no such provision in the civil courts to charge a person for khalwat, and therefore it would be premature to assume that non-Muslims can also be subjected to the charge of khalwat in the civil courts.
I am disappointed with the article highlighting comments allegedly made by Datuk Mohd. Asri Abdullah which emphasized the banal, when in reality the more important substantive proposals having to do with laws protecting the rights of divorced women and their rights to maintenance, were ignored.
Towards the end of the article, it also alleges that there was a proposal calling "for the establishment of a rehabilitation center for those convicted of offences related to morals and faith such as prostitution and effeminate men". To my knowledge, I have never interpreted being effeminate as an offence. But more importantly this so called proposal as reflected in the article is not representative of the proposals made during the seminar at IKIM. If indeed the learned Syariah Court of Appeal Judge made those statements, we strongly advise that it would behoove the learned Judge to be more circumspect in future.