SIBU (September 17): Arip Ameran, practitioner from Sarawak Syaria, welcomes the bill restricting the spread of religions other than Islam to Muslims.
In a statement yesterday, he said the bill complies with Article 11 (4) of the Federal Constitution.
He said Article 11 (4) states that the spread of religions other than Islam among Muslims is strictly prohibited and that the article also implicitly gives the power to state governments or the federal government to enact laws. to control or restrain non-Muslims from propagating their doctrines and beliefs. to Muslims.
âBased on said authority, state governments can enact and approve laws to restrict the spread of religions other than Islam to Muslims.
âAlmost all states in Malaysia have special laws controlling the spread of doctrines to Muslims, with the exception of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, Sarawak, Malacca and Penang.
âI hope that efforts to enact said law at the federal level will be followed by other states, especially Sarawak. For the record, 10 Malaysian states had introduced this law, âhe said.
According to him, the laws between the states are almost the same except for the list of prohibited words for non-Muslims.
Citing an example, he said that Negeri Sembilan has a longer list of prohibited words for non-Muslims compared to Kelantan.
âNegeri Sembilan, for example, has additional forbidden words such as ‘akhirat’, ‘azan’ and ‘ibadat’. However, the majority of states have many similar prohibited words such as “kalimah Allah”, “solat” and “wahyu”.
âHistorically, Terengganu became the first state to enact and implement ‘Enakmen Kawalan dan Sekatan Agama Bukan Islam‘ in 1980, followed by Kelantan in 1981. Perlis is the last state to introduce the same law in 2014,â he said. he declares.
He believed that the enactment of the said law would indirectly safeguard and protect religious harmony in Malaysia in general and Sarawak in particular.
He said recently that the Muslim community in Malaysia is very sensitive to issues of faith among Muslims, especially regarding apostasy and heresy, among others.
âThe issue of the spread of doctrines contrary to the Islamic faith and religions other than Islam among Muslims would be dealt with effectively with the enactment of said law.
“There are cases heard and decided by both the Sharia court and the civil court in connection with the propagation of doctrines and beliefs contrary to Islam,” he said.
He said that in the context of Sarawak, there is only one specific provision on restricting the spread of doctrines and religions among Muslims which is Article 5 of the Criminal Offenses Ordinance of the Syariah, 2001.
According to the article, anyone who propagates religious doctrines or beliefs other than the religious doctrines or beliefs of the religion of Islam among persons professing the Islamic faith will be guilty of an offense and will be liable, upon declaration of guilt, to a fine not exceeding RM 3. 000 or to imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.
However, the prosecution and punishment of the offender is only reserved for people professing the religion of Islam and not for non-Muslims as it is a personal law and therefore has no jurisdiction against non-Muslims.
Therefore, Muslims should support efforts to enact laws controlling and prohibiting non-Muslims from spreading religions or faiths other than Islam to Muslims.