Stop amending law for stiffer shariah penalties, urge women’s groups


The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality says plans to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to have stiffer penalties will result in heavier criminal punishments for LGBTQ+ people. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, April 7, 2021.

MINISTERS must prevent attempts to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 as it will result in the persecution of sexual minorities, a coalition of women’s rights groups said.

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) said plans to amend the Act, also known as Act 355, to have stiffer penalties, will result in heavier criminal punishments for LGBTQ+ people.


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