KUALA LUMPUR:Â HududÂ cannot exist alongside secular criminal law and has no place in multiracial Malaysia, said MIC.
Its legal adviser Selva Mookiah said thatÂ hududÂ would create conflicts with the countryâs secular criminal law system and the Federal Constitution.
âThe Kelantan MPs will of course score vital points among the conservatives by proposing aÂ hududÂ system to govern the Muslims but they should at least stop to ponder what happens when the two systems collide,â Selva said in a statement.
Citing recent âconversion, divorce, custody care and control of minors debaclesâ, he said there were many reasons why theÂ hududÂ and secular criminal law systems would fail to exist parallel to each other.
âFor instance, if a rape is occasioned by a Muslim man against a non-Muslim woman, will the prosecutors need to produce four witnesses to substantiate their evidence? If the reverse occurs will the non-Muslim man be entitled to seek four witnesses in his defence?
âCan theÂ hududÂ courts compel or even accept the evidence of non-Muslims who may be the only witnesses to a crime committed by a Muslim? Will the evidence of a non-Muslim carry the same evidential weight as that of a Muslim?â Selva asked.
MIC strategic director Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari said the party would join four Barisan Nasional component parties to object to the PAS attempt to imposeÂ hududÂ in Kelantan.
âWe will not welcome any changes that could threaten the foundation of the country,â he said.
MIC Youth secretary Arvind Krishnan said he hoped Pakatan Rakyat would not âbetray the people who voted for themâ by allowing PAS to table a private memberâs Bill in the Dewan Rakyat to implementÂ hududÂ in Kelantan.
âSuch an initiative is not only unconstitutional but against the culture of our multi religious and multi cultural nation. This Bill is a step towards division and disunity in our peaceful country,â he said.
Source: The Star OnlineÂ