The implementation of the Islamic Criminal Law, or the Hudud laws, is one of the most contentious issues in Malaysian politics. Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) is the key opposition party which has strongly advocated and championed the cause of Hudud laws in Malaysia. Much controversy has surrounded the implementation of Hudud laws in Malaysia, such as its apparent incompatibility with the federal constitution, its impact on the civil rights of Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and the rupture it has caused to the unity of the opposition alliance, the Pakatan Rakyat, of which PAS is a member. In this seminar, Dato Seri Tuan Guru Hadi Awang, the current President of PAS, will address PAS’ rationale and objectives in seeking to implement the Hudud laws in Malaysia. This lecture will also address the impact of Hudud implementation on Malaysian society and politics.
About the Speaker:
Dato’ Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang is the current President of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), a major Islamist opposition party in the Pakantan Rakyat coalition in Malaysia. Previously, from 1999 to 2004, he was the Chief Minister of Terengganu. Presently, he is the Member of Parliament for Marang and the state assemblyman for Rhu Rendang, both of which are located in Terengganu. From 1969 to 1973, he received his tertiary education at the Islamic University of Madinah and then subsequently at Al-Azhar University in Egypt from 1974 to 1976. In 1977, he was appointed as Chairman of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) for the state of Selangor. In 1978, he joined PAS and contested a parliamentary seat in the 1978 Malaysian General Elections. He became PAS deputy president in 1989. In 2002, he succeeded Ustaz Fadzil Noor as PAS president.
Dress Code: Office Attire
Organised by IDSS Malaysia Programme