Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will be questioned by police from Bukit Aman over his statement related to the PAS’ proposed Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

A DAP source told Malaysiakini that Lim will be questioned in his office on Komtar’s 28th floor at 11am tomorrow.

“He will be questioned under the Sedition Act; we don’t understand why because the statement he made is political, nothing seditious,” the source added.

Coincidently, Lim has invited the press for his usual daily press conferences in Komtar.

“They (authorities) seem to want to get him in one way or another,” the source said.

Lim facing three charges in court

Lim is already facing two graft charges related to the purchase of his bungalow on Jalan Pinhorn, where his trial is fixed for 35 days, with 60 witnesses, starting March 27.

He is facing a contempt of court case filed by attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali over Lim’s alleged comments about the corruption and abuse of power charges against him.

According to the source, Lim issued the statement on Nov 23, last year, and a copy of it was on his official Facebook Page.

In his statement then, Lim had urged BN component parties MCA, MIC, Gerakan And SUPP to withdraw from the ruling federal coalition.

He said this following BN’s endorsement of “hudud-like” laws proposed under the Act.

DAP says law contradicts Federal Constitution

The proposed amendments will remove the present punishment cap to raise it to 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the rotan.

The current syariah punishment is capped at three years’ imprisonment, RM5,000 fine and six strokes of the rotan.
“DAP opposes the hudud-like laws because it is contrary to the Federal Constitution,” the DAP secretary-general had said in his statement.

He had assured that the party respected the rights of the Muslims to determine their religious affairs.

However, it must be done properly in the context of the Federal Constitution, Lim added.

“The proposed increase in punishment will place Act 355 one step or maybe several steps closer to hudud-like laws and for this reason it should be done through a constitutional amendment that requires a two-thirds majority and not through an ordinary legislation,” Lim stressed.

– M’kini