Malaysia (Mission Network News) — Amendments implementing the hudud law (Sharia penal code) were passed unanimously by the legislation of Kelantan state in Malaysia on March 19th. The next step is to submit two bills in the federal parliament in order for the hudud to be enforceable. Open Doors USA reports these bills will be tabled at the next Parliament session starting in May.
“The bill has not been implemented in Kelantan despite being passed in 1993 due to changes required first to the federal constitution,” wrote Channel News Asia.
The hudud law, a set of laws and punishments specified by Allah in the Quran, is seen as a subset of the Sharia Law. Under this law, theft, robbery, illicit sex, alcohol consumption and apostasy are offences punishable by flogging and amputation. Though these laws primarily govern Muslims, in the case of Indonesia and Brunei where such laws are partly and fully implemented, Christians have also been affected.