PAS raises a spectre of doom as the Nik Elin petition date approaches

IN a social media post on the X platform, PAS has raised the spectre of doom of what could happen with the Kelantan-born lawyer Nik Elin Zurina petition challenging the Shariah court.“Remember the case of Nik Elin? The decision on the petition he filed will be known on Feb 9, 2024. If Nik Elin succeeds, then all shariah criminal punishments are in danger,” it stated in the post.

On Sept 6, 2023, PAS’ mouthpiece Harakahdaily quoted lawyer Yusfarizal Yusoff as saying that the case was the final point before a ‘gravestone’ was placed upon the Syariah Court in this country.The party once again calls on Muslims to unite, as this issue crosses political lines.
“Shariah Enactment must be defended! And Feb 9 is the decision day. Let’s show solidarity by attending the Save the Shariah Gathering in Putrajaya!”In November last year, Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat who led the nine-member bench heard submissions from the remaining parties in the case including the Malaysian Bar, Sisters in Islam, and the Perak and Terengganu state Islamic councils.The court had reserved its judgement.Moreover, the constitutional challenge was initiated by Nik Elin and her daughter Tengku Yasmin Nastasha Tengku Abdul Rahman on May 25, 2022.They utilised Article 4(4) of the Federal Constitution to directly approach the Federal Court, listing the Kelantan state government as the respondent.Nik Elin is leading a challenge to so-called ‘controversial’ Shariah criminal laws in PAS-led Kelantan.She claimed that she is merely challenging the Kelantan state government’s competency in enacting Shariah laws, contending that the state government has no jurisdiction to enact offences that fall under federal jurisdiction. – Feb 3, 2023

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