Monday, March 23, 2015
Sabah leaders: Hudud contravenes Federal Constitution
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and his Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) counterpart Tan Sri Joseph Kurup are also in agreement that hudud contravenes the Federal Constitution.
At a time when many nations are moving towards abolishment of the death penalty “do we want a legal code that specifies amputating an arm as the punishment for theft?” Pairin, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said after launching the Sabah State level Water Day conference here on Monday.
Kurup further stated that hudud was unsuitable for multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious Malaysia.
“Islam is the nation’s official religion as stipulated in our Constitution but hudud had never been intended by our nation founding fathers when Malaysia was formed.
“It goes against the expectation and the spirit upon which this nation was founded,” he said.