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Amanah passes motion to submit 3 bills to tackle racism, prejudice and takfiri

ALOR SETAR: Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has passed a resolution to submit three Bills in Parliament to tackle prejudice, racism and takfiri in the country.
The definition of Takfiri is a Muslim who accuses another Muslim of apostasy.
The three Bills in the motion were the Hate Crime against Race and Religion Bill, the Equality Bill, and the Commission of National Harmony Bill.
Amanah Vice President Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa explained that the three Bills were needed due to several recent incidents which involved racial and religious bigotry.
Mujahid, who is also Parit Buntar MP, pointed out that it is dangerous if racial politics and the radicalisation of race and religion continued to be exploited by certain individuals, as it could undermine national harmony.
“With these three Bills, those who incite racial and religious hate can be considered as committing a crime.
“We hope that problems arising from racial and religious sentiments can be addressed proactively,” he said during Amanah’s National Convention 2017.
Mujahid assured that the concept of freedom of speech will be maintained as long it is not manipulated to destroy national harmony and unity.
The Bill was also supported by Tanjung Malim Amanah delegate Aminuddin Zulkipli, who regarded the Bill as an anti-discriminatory measure.
According to him, the proposal is unlike the proposed amendments in the 2016 Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Private Court Bill, which was brought by PAS president and Marang MP Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang
“It is not the same bill tabled by Marang MP. This is a golden opportunity for Amanah to prove that we are smart in law-making before forming the next government.”
However, he stated that the proposed motion should not be a repeat of the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code enactment, which was subsequently amended to enforce public caning.
Meanwhile, Amanah delegates also passed a motion to appoint incarcerated Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister if Pakatan Harapan manages to form the next government.
The motion was proposed by the Pulai Amanah division and it was approved by 898 delegates without a debate.
The motion also noted that an interim prime minister should be appointed before Anwar is pardoned for his five-year imprisonment over a sodomy conviction.
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