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Many non-Muslims worry about Islamic law being eimposed on them.
[Source: Reuters, June 28, 2006] In December 2007, Associated Press reported: “A ruling by Malaysia's highest court in a high-profile marital dispute could help determine whether Islamic courts have the power to decide the fate of non-Muslims, a deeply divisive issue in this mainly Muslim nation.
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When Abdul had Awang because chief minister of the Malaysian state of Terengganu in 1999 and tried tied impose the punishments of stoning to death for adulterers and amputation for thieves, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad invoked Malaysia’s secular constitution to stop him.
A system of superior and subordinate courts handles civil and criminal law.Islamic law is selectively enforced by local officials in each of Malaysia's 13 federal states.In some states unmarried Muslim couples caught in hotel rooms can be charged, while believers seen eating in the daytime during the fasting month of Ramadan can be fined.Hugging or holding hands qualifies as “indecent behavior in a public place,” a crime that carries a six month prison sentence.There has been some discussion of passing laws requiring all Muslims to pay a (religious tax) of 2.5 percent, with those not paying risking fine and up to three years in prison.