Re­tract cir­cu­lar on fatwa, Pe­nang govt told

Pas says the cir­cu­lar, which makes the gazetting of a fatwa con­di­tional upon get­ting the ap­proval of the state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil, amounts to un­war­ranted in­ter­fer­ence in Is­lamic mat­ters.

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PE­NANG Pas has de­manded the DAP-led state gov­ern­ment re­tract its cir­cu­lar on the is­suance of fatwa (reli­gious edict) in the state.

Its com­mis­sioner Muham­mad Fauzi Yu­soff, who deemed the move as in­ter­fer­ing in Is­lamic mat­ters, said to date, the state gov­ern­ment had yet to re­tract the cir­cu­lar de­spite calls from Pas and the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

He said even the pre­vi­ous state ad­min­is­tra­tion led by Barisan Na­sional, Ger­akan and Umno did not in­ter­fere in the state Fatwa Coun­cil’s mat­ters.

How­ever, he said, the DAP-led state ad­min­is­tra­tion is­sued a cir­cu­lar making it manda­tory for all fatwa to be ap­proved by its state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil be­fore be­ing gazetted.

“Fatwa is un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong as the head of Is­lam.

“The state gov­ern­ment should not in­ter­fere in the mat­ter.

“Who are they to do so?” he asked after the of­fi­ci­at­ing the Pas elec­tion ma­chiner­ies in Kota Aur, Pe­naga, here yes­ter­day.

Early this year, Pe­nang Pas Youth said there was po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence by the state gov­ern­ment in the ap­point­ment of the state mufti and the is­suance of fatwa process.

It was also re­vealed that sev­eral fatwa had been al­legedly blocked by the state gov­ern­ment.

The rev­e­la­tion prompted Mus­lim non-govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions to hold protests and lodge


Fauzi Yu­soff, Pe­nang Pas com­mis­sioner

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