PROTEST AGAINST AMENDMENTS TO THE SYARIAH COURT (CRIMINAL JURISDICTION) ACT 1965
Submitted by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) and G25
22 November 2016
This memorandum by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality or JAG and G25 is handed over to members of Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara to request a withdrawal of the tabling of the amendments to the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 hereafter referred to as Act 3551, which is scheduled to be tabled during the 3rd Meeting of the 4th Session of the Thirteenth Parliament (2016). We are concerned that the passing of this Bill will lead to injustices in the administration of Islamic laws in Malaysia and greater discrimination against Muslim women. We are also concerned the Bill will further divide our society, as it will increase the contrast between criminal laws affecting Muslims and criminal laws affecting non-Muslims in Malaysia.
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