Ke­lan­tan grate­ful pub­lic can­ing ac­cepted by peo­ple

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA BARU: The Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment is grate­ful that its ef­forts to in­tro­duce pub­lic can­ing in the state had re­ceived full sup­port from many quar­ters, in­clud­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Speaker Datuk Ab­dul­lah Ya’kub said this was de­spite an ear­lier ef­fort to in­tro­duce hudud years ago that was pre­vented by a for­mer prime min­is­ter, who said the hudud or the state Syariah Crim­i­nal Code II 1993 was against the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

He said the for­mer prime min­is­ter not only pre­vented the Pasled gov­ern­ment from im­ple­ment­ing hudud but also threat­ened to take ac­tion against the state gov­ern­ment if it did not fol­low the or­der.

Ab­dul­lah said this hap­pened af­ter the hudud law was ap­proved in the state as­sem­bly in 1993.

“We (the state gov­ern­ment) did not know what ‘ac­tion’ the for­mer planned to take against us, but the then menteri be­sar, the late Datuk Nik Ab­dul Aziz Nik Mat, had ad­vised us to fol­low his di­rec­tive.

“The menteri be­sar said although we could not prac­tise hudud then, we could find other syariah laws that can be im­ple­mented. This time, we have re­ceived ex­cel­lent sup­port for pub­lic can­ing from all quar­ters, in­clud­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment,” he said.

On the lat­est move on pub­lic can­ing, Ab­dul­lah said the draft of the en­act­ment would be sent soon to act­ing Sul­tan of Ke­lan­tan Tengku Dr Muham­mad Faiz Pe­tra for his as­sent.

“The draft is now at the state le­gal ad­viser’s of­fice for it to be fi­nalised and once com­pleted, will be handed over to the palace for ap­proval be­fore it can be gazetted and en­forced in Ke­lan­tan,” he said.

Datuk Ab­dul­lah Ya’kub

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