Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur mass rally calls for stricter Islamic law

The Muslim Issue

Singapore is nervous about this development. A staggering 40% of the population in Kuala Lumpur are non-Muslims. They better plan to leave.

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Kuala Lumpur rally calls for stricter Islamic law

Push to allow Islamic courts to impose more severe punishments fuels fears of growing division in multi-ethnic nation.

Kate Mayberry
AlJazeera

About 40 percent of Malaysia’s population is not Muslim [Kate Mayberry/Al Jazeera]
About 40 percent of Malaysia’s population is not Muslim [Kate Mayberry/Al Jazeera]

Kuala Lumpur – A massive rally in the heart of Kuala Lumpur in support of proposals to allow Islamic courts to impose more severe punishments has raised fears of growing division in Malaysia’s multicultural society.

The amendments to Act 355, expected to be discussed in parliament when it sits next month, will allow the Islamic courts, which rule on religious matters and family law for Muslims, to impose a jail sentence of as long as 30 years, as many as 100 strokes of the cane…

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