Malaysia Islamic Development Department Requests to Block Spreading of Shia as a Threat to Muslims' Faith
SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) - The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has been urged to make a blocking request of social sites allegedly threatening the Muslims' faith to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia (MCMC).
Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Johari Gilani said the MCMC could block sites spreading the Shia and anti-hadis (Prophet's sayings) beliefs upon Jakim's requests.
He said this was because Jakim was the authority on Islam like the Home Ministry on internal security.
The MCMC is ready to cooperate with the police and other enforcement agencies to deter social media abuse that could divide Muslims such as deviationist and anti-hadis beliefs," he told reporters after presenting school uniforms at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Manir here today.
He was commenting on an uproar caused by controversial scholar Kassim Ahmad who claimed that Islam in Malaysia is being abused ulama (religious scholars) through a "priesthood caste" system, Prophet Muhammad need not be glorified as he was merely a God's messenger, and hair is not part of women's aurat (parts that should be covered).
Johari said the Information Department and Broadcasting Department would intensify campaign to curtail Shia and anti-hadis movements from gaining more ground.
Monday, 10 March 2014 07:17
Malaysia Arrests about 200 Shia Muslims Celebrating Birthday of Sayeda Zainab
SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – About 200 individuals, believed to be followers of the Shiite Muslims arrested in Perak, in a joint operation of the Perak Islamic Religious Department (JAIP) with local police last night. Top Malaysian Shiite figure, Abdul Aziz Mohd Kamilzuhairi, who was arrested said the arrests were amid the celebration of the birthday anniversary of Imam Ali's daughter, Hazrat Zainab (A). "Among the detainees were also children and women" he said.
He added that after being detained they all brought to the police headquarters (IPD) long before being released. Their detentions were made under the Syariah Criminal Procedure (Perak) 20014, according to Mohd Nasir Sahari. "All of the detained JAIP asked to appear next month on different dates.
Saturday, 25 January 2014 20:08
Malaysia's reformist: Leave sectarianism out of Islam
SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) - If you are to win against overwhelming odds, overcome any trials and tribulations, achieve set goals against overwhelming odds and attain success even as others fail around you, it is necessary to look within your self.
Look within yourself and recognise your strengths and weaknesses, deal with them and from there, go towards the goal you covert.
I want to speak as a Malay about where the Malays are at in Malaysia today on the Sunni-Shia issue.
I want to speak not as a Malay of any particular political inclination nor of any religious sect – Sunni or Shia, but simply as a Malay who now finds a nation that is about to be torn asunder because politicians are prepared to advanced their own selfish political agenda against the interest of anyone or anything else – and most of all, against the interest of the Malays.
And these politicians doing the dirty deeds are Malays who tell us that what they are doing is in the interest of the Malays, for the Malays and of the Malays!
Nothing can be further from the truth.
There are Malays who have been disadvantaged because of their political persuasion and then there are Malays who have been advantaged because of their political persuasion.
And now Umno speaks of the Shias and Sunnis
And now as if all that has been done to divide and rule the Malays has not been enough, Malay political leaders from Umno now speak about the Shias and the Sunnis in a way that accentuates their differences rather that talk about what holds Muslim together.
Is it not enough that there are Malays in Kelantan who have been economically disadvantaged because of their support for PAS?
Is it not enough that there are Malays who today have been prosecuted, harassed and jailed because of their political inclinations?
There will soon be Malays who will be prosecuted and disadvantaged because their idea of Islam runs contrary to what Umno wants to impose upon all Malays.
Many of the troubles in this world are in Muslim majority countries where Muslims cannot live with other Muslims – and their solution is to kill each other.
In Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria, Chechnya and Libya there are violent armed conflicts involving Muslims consumed by sectarian warfare, terrorism and civil war.
Yes, for the infidels this is amusing…leave the Muslims to kill each other… but for Muslims it is a deadly business.
My worry is that Umno is leading Malaysian Muslims down the same path of mayhem and destruction that Muslims the world over are now familiar with.
The Quran dictates: “If two groups among believers fight each other, make peace among them. And if one of them transgresses against the other then you fight the one who has transgressed until it comes to Allah’s verdict. If it returns (to peace) then you mediate between them and (make peace) justly. And be (sure that you are) fair, for Allah loves only those who are fair.” (Qur’an; 49:9)
All Muslims agree that Allah is the only God and Muhammad his messenger. All Muslims follow the five pillars of Islam and share one holy book – the Quran.
SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) - Three Shia Muslims charged in an Islamic religious court with violating an edict that says only the Sunni branch of Islam can be promoted in Malaysia have been let off on technical grounds, potentially easing fears of further prosecution.
According to the men’s lawyer, Aminuddin Zulkipli, the judge found the wording used in the charge sheet filed by the prosecution defective. The judge discharged the men on Wednesday, but they have not been acquitted.
Their case is one of several others that have recently raised concerns and complaints from some Shiites that they are not allowed to freely practice their faith in Malaysia, where around two-thirds of the 28 million people are Muslim – the vast majority of them Sunni.
In September, Abdul Manap Abdul Hamid, Idris Mat Desa and Abu Bakar Ahmad, were arrested by religious authorities during separate raids on their homes in Perak state and found to have in their possession books and other items related to Shia teachings and practices.
All three men were later charged in the Sharia Lower Court for violating a 2012 edict – or fatwa – set by Perak’s local fatwa council. The men pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The Perak fatwa echoes one issued by the National Fatwa Council in 1996, which says that Muslims in Malaysia should only follow Sunni teachings and prohibits the possession, publication or distribution of material contrary to those teachings. The fatwa has since been adopted by 11 of Malaysia’s 14 states.
On Feb. 12, the judge overseeing the case ruled that two of the charges – transgress and disobey – did not make clear what the accused were charged with and were thus defective, said Mr. Aminuddin. The judge has the power to instruct the prosecutor to amend the charges and then refile, though he did not.
The release of the three men comes just weeks after two other Shia followers arrested last August for violating the same fatwa were discharged on similar grounds. Another Shia arrested in Pahang state in September and charged for violating the fatwa, is still awaiting trial. He has pleaded not guilty.
Malaysia’s constitution names Islam as the state religion, but it does not differentiate between Sunni and Shiite and also includes clauses that honor religious freedom. Over the past year, however, there have been a growing number of legal actions taken against the Shia and other minority religions in the country.
Many Muslim scholars and government officials say they promote the Sunni branch of Islam as called for by a religious edict to keep peace between the two faiths.
“We can have differences of opinion when it comes to politics, but when it comes to the question of faith, we cannot,” as it could “break up the Muslim community,” the Minister of Home Affairs, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said during a press conference last December.
Mr. Ahmad, who has the power to ban books considered a threat to security, also acknowledged authorizing a ban on materials related to Shia Islam.
The recent series of raids and arrests, which began in August, eventually caught the attention of Shia Rights Watch, an independent religious rights organization based in Washington DC and dedicated to protecting Shia followers around the world.
On Dec. 15 the group appointed Dr. Mohd Faizal Musa, a fellow at the National University of Malaysia who has done extensive research on Shia Islam in Southeast Asia as its special rapporteur charged with monitoring respect for human rights in Malaysia.
Since his appointment, Dr. Faizal has met with Paul Low, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department charged with human rights, to push for discussions between representatives of Malaysia’s minority Shia community and various religious and government officials.
Mr. Low acknowledged that such a meeting took place in December but has declined to comment further.
The same month, Othman Mustapha, the director-general of Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development, part of the Prime Minister’s Department, told national news agency Bernama that the spread of Shia teachings in Malaysia was worrying.
“It is like a cancer that needs to be prevented from spreading in the best possible way, before it becomes worse – to the point of being a threat to Muslim unity,” he said.
SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) - A recent court case suggests that tensions may also be rising between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Three men were charged for promoting Shia Islam within Malaysia, but the charges were dropped last week. They were let off due to a technicality resulting from the prosecutors filling out a form improperly.
Most of the attention on growing religious tensionsin Malaysia has focused on Christian-Islamic relations. Relations between Malaysia’s three major races, the Chinese, Malay, and Indians, also eats up a lot of headlines. Now, even Malaysia’s Islamic community is becoming increasingly divided. Besides the Sunni-Shia split, moderate and conservative Muslims are also frequently at odds.
Shia-Sunni split due to historical divide over leadership
Shia and Sunni Islam share the same fundamental beliefs in the central tenets of Islam. In fact, the break between the two branches originally started more as a political disagreement, rather than a religious one. In short, when Mohammad the Prophet died, Shia and Sunni Muslims became divided over who should take lead of the Islamic community.
Shias believed that leadership should have been passed down along hereditary lines, giving leadership to Mohammad’s son-in-law and cousin, Ali bin Abu Talib. Sunni, on the other hand, believed that leadership should have been passed along by someone voted into power. Most early Muslims supported the idea of a vote and elected Abu Bakr to lead the Islamic community.
The fracture between Shia and Sunni Muslims grew over time, though the Sunni faith spread far more quickly than the Shia faith. Only Iran, Iraq, and Azerbaijan feature Muslim populations that are predominantly Shia. Malaysia itself has only a small number of Shia individuals.
Persecution of Shia Muslims could create larger problems
There are not enough Shia Muslims in Malaysia to really cause a problem. While exact numbers are not available, the Shia community is believed to be quite small and lacks the voice to really stir things up. The Christian and Buddhist communities, however, do constitute significant portions of the population, and tensions between those communities and the Sunni Muslims have also been rising.
While Muslims do make up a majority of the population, Malaysia is a highly diverse society. With tensions rising, other religious have been pushing back against hard lined Muslims. And with many of Malaysia’s Muslims being relatively moderate, numbers could quickly sway in favor of the more progressive voices.
Malaysia’s religious tensions are becoming political
Tensions came to a head this past December when the three men were first tried. At the time, the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) claimed that Shia Muslims are not even Muslims and that their teachings violate Islamic law.
At the moment, however, Malaysia’s reputation abroad as an Islamic country has been sullied by a series of puzzling actions. The most prominent misstep on Malaysia’s part has been banning Christians and others from using the word “Allah.” This move was condemned by Islamic scholars around the world.
With Malaysia’s more conservative UMNO political party suffering setbacks in recent elections, the potential for religious issues to intensify is only increasing. Malaysia has enjoyed decades of relative stability, but numerous fractures along racial and religious lines have been growing.
Now, a somewhat minor issue on the national scale could quickly blow up into something more serious. The Opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, along with various progressive religious groups, could use this issue as a wedge to try to divide moderate and conservative Muslims.
With UMNO and its Barisan Nasional coalition all but dependent on the Muslim vote, this could be turned into a major advantage for the opposition. Indeed, it could be that the case itself was dropped precisely because the ruling party was worried about stirring up a hornets’ next.
SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) - An unofficial boycott of Malaysian goods by Iranian businessmen has left rubber products worth some RM2 million lying in a warehouse in the Middle East nation, a backlash against Umno;s recent anti-Shia campaign.
Azizi Ahmad, who heads the Malaysia-Iran Friendship Society, said the boycott was not endorsed by Tehran but was an initiative of individuals in Iran unhappy with the campaign to vilify Shia Islam, the predominant Muslim sect in the country.
"Since the anti-Shia campaign in Malaysia last year, Iranian businessmen refused to buy Malaysian-made products," Azizi told The Malaysian Insider in Kuala Lumpur.
Government-linked companies were also said to be facing the same problems as small businessmen like Azizi.
He said the fact that Shia followers were heavily influenced by their clerics, unlike Sunni Muslims, would put Malaysia in serious trouble in the event of any call for a boycott.
"If their clerics begin to preach that Iran should stop dealing with Malaysia, we will be in serious trouble," he said, adding that he had already heard such rumours.
Azizi said the obstacles he faced were not only in Iran but at home as well, saying some have accused him of being a Shia sympathiser because of his ties with Iran.
"I am suing an ulama for making all sorts of accusations against me. He has caused me to be ostracised and shunned," the businessman said.
Moreover, he added, his business had also been affected because of the various unsubstantiated claims by the ulama.
An official from the Iranian embassy in Kuala Lumpur admitted that trade between Malaysia and Iran had declined in the first two months of this year.
However, the official, who declined to be named, said he had not heard of any boycott on Malaysian goods from the Iranian business community.
He said the smaller trade volume could have been because of other factors like Iran’s quest to diversify trade with other countries and to source raw material elsewhere.
At the Umno general assembly last year, party vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi launched an attack on Shia followers, in what was seen as a move to implicate senior PAS leaders in that branch of Islam.
Malaysian Muslims are mainly Sunnis and have been strongly discouraged from following Shia Islam.
Local ulama have also delivered talks in mosques and surau, attacking the Shias as the enemies of Islam, while referring to the current civil war in Syria which saw Iran at loggerheads with its Gulf neighbours.
On Monday, The Malaysian Insider reported that the anti-Shia campaign by Putrajaya had taken its toll on the country's economy, costing the government millions of ringgit in losses, and forcing a minister to seek help from a PAS leader to restore ties between the two nations.
Dr Syed Azman Ahmad Nawawi, who heads PAS's international bureau, said a minister had sought his assistance on the matter, saying Iran's reaction to the anti-Shia campaign has cost Malaysia dearly.
"The biggest loser is Petronas whose oil exploration in Iran has been met with hurdles from the Iranian government, while at the same time, American firms such as Esso and Conoco are making their way into the country," added Syed Azman.
Ties have improved between Tehran and Washington, and other Western nations, following the electoral victory last year of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani, who took over as president from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Syed Azman alongside other senior PAS leaders, including PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and his deputy, Mohamad Sabu, have close ties with leaders of Islamic movements around the world, including Iran.
Apart from Petronas, the country's palm oil industry has also suffered, as Iran looks elsewhere for its needs.
Between January and November last year, Iran imported 671,384 tonnes of palm oil from Malaysia, making the Islamic republic among the biggest importers of Malaysian palm oil.
Late last year, Sheikh Jalaluddin Ash-Shoghiran, an Iraqi parliamentarian, said that the Malaysian government was the first in the world to declare officially Shias as being outside Islam. He hit out at the Malaysian authorities, although the government of Iraq, another predominantly Shia nation, did not take any action on the issue.
"Malaysian companies are happily reaping multiple projects in Iraq and many business opportunities have been specially handed to the Malaysian government.
"I do not know how the Malaysian government can reach the point of crushing diplomatic relations and defying the faith. Where is the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC)?" asked Jalaluddin in a YouTube video which had gone viral.
Prof Datuk Mohamad Abu Bakar, who teaches international relations at the University of Malaya, recently warned that by attacking Shia Muslims, Putrajaya risked making the country a target of rights activists accusing it of not practising intra-religious tolerance.
In 2004, Malaysia under Tun Abdullah Badawi signed the Amman Message, an initiative by the Jordanian ruler King Abdullah II, to set aside differences among followers of the many Islamic sects, including Sunni and Shia.
"Whosoever is an adherent to one of the four Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali), the two Shi'I schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Ja'fari and Zaydi), the Ibadi school of Islamic jurisprudence and the Thahiri school of Islamic jurisprudence, is a Muslim," read the declaration, which was also signed by among others, opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. – March 5, 2014.
شفقنا(پایگاه بین المللی همکاری های خبری شیعه)- سازمان دیده بان حقوق بشر شیعه؛ گزارش ماه مارس خود با موضوع بارزترین تعرض های صورت گرفته علیه شیعیان در کشورهای مختلف جهان را منتشر کرد.
بر اساس گزارش پایگاه رسمی دیده بان حقوق بشر شیعه « shiarightswatch» در گزارش مذکور تعداد زیادی از عملیات تروریستی صورت گرفته علیه شیعیان توسط گروه های تکفیری و فعالیت های سرکوب گرانه از سوی نظام ها و دولت های استبدادگر به رشته تحریر در آمده است .
در گزارش این ماه نیز مانند ماه های گذشته از اطلاعات افراد، سازمان ها و گروه های فعال در زمینه آزادی و حقوق بشر در کشورهای مختلف استفاده شده و تعرض های صورت گرفته علیه شیعیان کشورهای پاکستان، مالزی ، بحرین، مصر، سوریه، عراق، عربستان، ترکیه و لبنان مورد بررسی قرار گرفته است.
لازم به ذکر است که در گزارش سازمان وقایع دوره زمانی 25 فوریه تا 25 مارس ثبت گردیده است.
قسمت هایی از متن گزارش به قرار ذیل است:
27/2- « ماست گل» رهبر حزب افراطی مجاهدین پاکستانی اعلام کرد که به هدف قرار دادن شیعیان ادامه می دهد، گروه مذکور به تبعیت از آموزش های افراطی گرانه عربستانی؛ تا قبل از این بسیاری از مساجد و یتیم خانه های شیعیان را هدف گرفته بود.
28/2 – شهادت 11 مسلمان شیعه در حوادث خشونت آمیز؛ که در میان قربانیان روحانی شیعه « تقی هادی نقوی» نیز دیده می شود.
5/3- دبیر کل یکی از احزاب شیعی پاکستانی از وجود توطئه هایی جهت سلب حقوق اساسی و شهروندی شیعیان خبر داد ،وی تاکید کرد که برخی از این گروه ها در نظر دارند تا شیعیان را به شهروند درجه دوم تبدیل کنند و آنان را از فعالیت های سیاسی و پارلمانی دور سازند.
26/2 – شهادت « جعفر الدرازی» جوان شیعه 22 ساله بحرینی، در اثر بازداشت طولانی مدت، عدم درمان و مورد شکنجه قرار گرفتن از نظر روحی و جسمی.
27/2- سر برآوردن گروه افراطی که حامل افکاری هممچون القاعده هستند وشیعیان را تهدید می کنند
29/2- آتش زدن منزل شیخ « غازی السماک» در منامه
3/3- تعرض به شیعیان حاضر در مراسم عزدارای با استفاده از گاز اشک آور
4/3- دادگاه بحرینی 10 نفر از بازداشت شدگان را به حبس های 3 – 10 و 15 سال محاکمه نمود که در مجموع به 103 سال محکوم شدند.
در همین روز تلویزیون رسمی بحرین از افرادی برای مصاحبه دعوت به عمل آورد که دارای دیدگاه های ضد شیعی بودند.
5/3- ایجاد ایست های بازرسی و تفتیش در مناطقی با اکثریت شیعه، به طوری که ده ها جوان بدون هیچ دلیلی بازداشت شدند.
5/3- استخدام معلمان بیگانه، در حالی که بیش از 280 معلم شیعه بیکار هستند.
11/3- بازداشت سه کودک شیعه در منطقه بنی جمره در شمال کشور
13/3 – تعیین حکم زندان 3 ساله برای کامل الهاشمی از علمای دینی شیعه بحرین به اتهام اهانت به پادشاه در خطبه جمعه مسجد بنی جمره
14/3- بازداشت شیخ « ریاض الحنی» از فعالان سیاسی، که بعد از بازداشت به نقطه نامعلومی انتقال داده شد.
15/3- تعرض به تابلو نوشته های دینی که به مناسبت شهادت حضرت فاطمه (س) نصب شده بودند .
این ها تنها نمونه ای از تعرض هایی هستند که روزانه علیه شیعیان بحرین روی می دهد.
28/2- تعرض به شیعیان منطقه وادی البقاع که دلیل اصلی آن سقوط 4 موشک از سوی گروه های مسلح مستقر در منطقه مرزی لبنان و سوریه بود.
15/3- شهادت یک تن از شیعیان و زخمی شدن 3 نفر دیگر در اثر پرتاب موشک در منطقه مرزی لبنان- سوریه
17/3- بازداشت دست کم 200 زن و مرد شیعه به دلیل روی آوردن به مذهب تشیع و شرکت در بزرگداشت سالروز ولادت حضرت زینب (س)؛ به این صورت مسوولین نظامی قراری صادر کردند که طبق آن، روی آوردن به مذهب تشیع در کشور ممنوع است و پیروان آن مرتد از اسلام و کافر محسوب می شوند، در حالی که پیروان سایر ادیان از قبیل بودایی و یهودی و مسیحیان دارای آزادی دینی هستند.
5/3- یکی از اعضای شورای سلفی از وجود اقداماتی پرده برداشت که برای برخورد با گسترش تشیع به کار گرفته شدند و درنظر دارند با تشیع در تمام استان های کشور مبارزه کنند.
8/3- « طارق السهری» از اعضای حزب نور سلفی گفت: شیعیان در تلاش هستند تا امت عربی را نابود کنند .
شیعیان کشور سوریه بیش از سه سال است که با گروه های تروریستی و افراطی مختلفی همچون الجبهه الاسلامیه و داعش رو به رو هستند، گروه های تروریستی با هجوم به منازل شیعیان سر آنان را بریده، اعدام می کنند و یا به طور زنده دفن می نمایند؛ در این میان زنان و کودکان بیشترین گروه قربانی بودند و خسارت های زیادی به آنان وارد شد.
2/3- برخی از منابع خبری اعلام نمودند که دیدار ولیعهد و نائب رییس شورای وزیران و همچنین وزیر دفاع به جزایر مالدیو؛ با هدف افزایش ارتباط با مسوولین محلی و حمایت از طرح های عربستان در برخورد با شیعیان صورت گرفت.
12/3- دادگاه جزایی عربستان « زاهر الزاهر» را به 8 سال زندان، ممنوعیت از سفر به مدت 8 سال و همچنین پرداخت غرامت 30 هزار ریال سعودی محکوم نمود؛ اتهام وی درمان یکی از معترضان عنوان شد که در اعتراضات القطیف با گلوله مسوولین امنیتی زخمی شده بود.
17/3- حکم زندان 7 ساله برای « عقیل الشاخوری» به اتهام مشارکت در اعتراضات القطیف
شیعیان شهرها و مناطق مختلف همچون مدينة الصدر، خان سعد، أبو دشير، منطقه سلمان بیک، کوی العسکری، الشعب والكرادة وكراج الامانة والزعفرانية والشعلة والصدر والبياع، بابل، مدینه الحله، حی القاهره، دیالی، باب البغداد، کربلا، منطقه النصر و السلام از سوی گروه های تروریستی مورد تعرض قرار گرفتند و صدها نفر از آنان شهید و زخمی شدند.
22/3- مرقد حضرت محمد بن امام علی الهادی علیه السلام در منطقه صلاح الدین مورد تعرض قرار گرفته و دیوارهای خارجی آن فرو ریخت.
20/3- در تعرض های جدید علیه شیعیان ترکیه، رجب طیب اردوغان در مصاحبه تلویزیونی با یکی از شبکه های خبری، شیعیان را متهم به دروغ و دورویی کرد.
CRACKDOWN AGAINST SHIAH MUSLEMS CONTINUE,MORE THAN 100 WERE ARRESTED
More than 100 attendees of the Shia celebration in Perak were arrested by the local forces. As some activist reported women and children were also arrested.
Although they were released after hours on interrogation, the situation added to the insecurity and fear in Shia community of Malaysia. Most of the detainees are told to report to the Islamic Religious Affairs Department on specific dates latter this month.
The government of Malaysia has been pressuring Shia Muslims to stop their rituals and banned their books and educational materials from publishing. SRW has beenreportingmost up-to-date crackdown news against this population in Malaysia on its website and also released areporton the Shia rights violations last year.
The organization believes the act of the government to detain groups of Shia due to their religious believes is against human rights law and is a degrading act by the authority. The government must recognize Shia and treat them equally as they are royal citizen of Malaysia.
MALAYSIAN LAWMAKERS : LEGALIZING SHIA RIGHTS VIOLATIONS !
Malaysian government is about to change its laws and Sharia courts to fight even stronger against Shiâ€™im. Shia Muslim activists report Malaysian Attorney General agreed to enhance the power of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim). Based on this proposal the courts wonâ€™t be limited to the Sharia Law. Sharia law is based on the Islamic teachings and is imbedded in the constitution of the country.
The Attorney General of Malaysia is the principal legal adviser to the Government of Malaysia. The Attorney General is also the highest ranking publicprosecutorin the country and is also known as the Public Prosecutor. According to The Malaysian Insider news outlet the new reform to the law intends to enable the court to go beyond Sharia and take â€œreasonable steps to address the spread of the Shia faith and other issues involving religionâ€.
Shia Muslim are concerned about the change to the law that will result in more punishment for those who do not share the religion of the government. It is believed Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom and other Prime Ministers are urging human rights violation in this country and that is against Malaysianâ€™s values. All human, regardless of their faith, must be respected.
SRW urges Malaysian government to stop any human rights violations. If there is any change is needed, it must be toward more freedom and respect and not toward more limitation and violations, says SRW.