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Indian-origin minister join Chinese to oppose Islamic legislation in Malaysia

Malaysian Indian minister S. Subramaniam

Kuala Lumpur, May 30 (UITV)- Malaysian Indian minister S. Subramaniam has threatened to resign from the government, joining protest from the ethnic Chinese, if a legislation to introduce Islamic Hudud in the country’s jurisprudence is passed by Parliament.

Subramaniam, who is the Health Minister said, “We will talk to Prime Minister. But if after all such talks and representations are done and we don’t achieve anything, and if hudud is eventually implemented, I will relinquish my post as cabinet minister.”

Subramaniam told a conclave of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) on May 29 that he will hold dialogues with Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is also the BN president of the matter.

Four of the 13 parties from the ruling BN coalition had issued a statement on Friday to say they were against the plan to introduce Islamic criminal law, which includes amputation and stoning.

Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) chief Abdul Hadi Awang has introduced a Private Member’s Bill seeks to amend the Syariah Courts Act 1965 to empower the Islamic courts to impose any punishment allowed by Syariah law except the death sentence.

Malaysia is home of majority Malay Muslims along with ethnic Chinese and Indians that form significant minorities. Indians form seven percent of the country’s population.