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Afraid of ghosts?

By TAY TIAN YAN
Translated by Soong Phui Jee
Sin Chew Daily

PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has likened non-Muslims' response to the hudud law as "a child who is scared of ghosts."

It is interesting and it gives us room for imagination and interpretation.

Do ghosts really exist? Are ghosts scary? Could they be kinder and cuter than humans?

Perhaps, some would say that humans and ghosts are living in two different worlds and we can live in peace as long as we do not disturb them.

No matter how you think about ghosts, Nik Aziz stressed that the implementation of the hudud law has nothing to do to non-Muslims.

Well, I have faith in Nik Aziz's integrity and I know that he is a good man. His performance in the past shows that he is not an extremist. Instead, he is open-minded and moderate.

However, Nik Aziz is persistent when it comes to religious issues.

There are also some blind spots and thus, he might sometimes not be able to keep pace with the times and truly understand the situation of non-Muslims.

Sometimes, he does not understand the national spirit and the diversity foundation.

The people might believe Nik Aziz that the hudud law would not be applied to non-Muslims. However, once the law is implemented, Nik Aziz might not be able to help non-Muslims.

Suppose that a non-Muslim woman was gang raped by a group of men, including a Muslim. The hudud law requires the victim to produce four Muslim witnesses for conviction. If the victim fails to produce four witnesses or some of them are non-Muslims, such as the victim's friends or family members, they are not qualified as witnesses.

There are also some other complex conditions. Under the common law, a suspect could be convicted if there are DNA and other evidence even if there is no enough witnesses. However, under the hudud law, evidence might not be enough for conviction.

The non-Muslim woman might then become a victim.

The example shows that the idea of one country, two systems is not applicable in the diversified society of Malaysia. Moreover, all men are equal before the law and it is the most fundamental and important basis of the rule of law. How could a country implement two sets of law?

The one country, two systems idea might be detrimental to non-Muslims, as well as Muslims.

For another example, Ali, Ah Hua and Mutu, who are suspected of thievery, are tried by different laws after being arrested.

Ah Hua and Mutu are found guilty in an ordinary court, fined RM1,000 each and freed after paying their fines.

As for Ali, he is sent to the Islamic court and being charged under the hudud law. He is found guilty and sentenced to hand amputation.

Two sets of law have resulted in two different punishments for the same crime. It would cause a great contradiction in the country and could bring endless of troubles.

Of course, our country's Constitution does not allow two sets of law to be implemented according to different religions.

It seems like these are things that Nik Aziz does not know.

 

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