Moderate, modern Malaysia? Takin’ it back to the old school with stonings and amputations. Source: Malaysia’s PM backs expansion of Sharia law in a bid for support : http://www.persecution.org
The Prime Minister of Malaysia has shown support for the expansion of Sharia law in Malaysia. Prime Minister Najib Razak has been embroiled in controversy over a scandal involving a development bank in Malaysia and has struggled to maintain support. Before a meeting with Najib’s political party, he stated it was their responsibility to push for the adoption of the expanded law, which prescribes punishments such as stoning and amputation. He said in an interview, “Non-Muslims must understand that this is not about hudud but about empowering the sharia courts.” Given broad discontent over the performance of Malaysia’s economy, many feel this move is an attempt to tap into pro-Muslim sentiment for more support.
11/30/2016 Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia’s prime minister has expressed support for strict Islamic laws as he seeks to consolidate support of ethnic Malay Muslims at a party meeting this week, as frustration over graft and the economy cloud prospects for the next election.
Prime Minister Najib Razak has battled calls to resign over the last 18 months, as a scandal at his pet project, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), drew the anger of the public, opponents and members of his own United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) ruling party.
A new opposition party led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and a former deputy prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, who Najib sacked for questioning his handling of 1MDB, is threatening to split the majority Malay vote that has handed UMNO victory in every election since independence in 1957.
Ahead of the annual party meeting, Najib said it was the responsibility of Muslims to support a plan by the rival Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party to push for the adoption of hudud, the Islamic penal code, that sets out punishments such as amputation and stoning.
“We want to develop Islam,” Najib said in an interview with pro-government broadcaster TV3.
“Non-Muslims must understand that this is not about hudud but about empowering the sharia courts.”
Najib said his policy speech at this year’s UMNO meeting would focus on the interests of Malays and Islam.