Islamic rule in Malaysia edges closer 


One of the most watched attempts to nudge multi-cultural and secular Malaysia toward Islamic rule will resume later this month in parliament.

The lower house will sit from July 24 to Aug. 10 and the controversial Hudud bill, known as Act 355, that critics say will result in whippings and even the amputations of limbs for crimes such as theft, is on the agenda. Hudud is the system of punishment set up by the Quran.

As a precursor, the northern state of Kelantan, governed by a conservative Islamist party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party — commonly known as PAS — on July 12 announced it had approved public whipping.


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