This is not, you will note, a call for equality of rights for all people.
“Islam should rule, not be ruled, says PAS paper,” by Amin Khairuddin, FMT News, December 19, 2014 (thanks to Steve):
KUALA LUMPUR: Islam in Malaysia is “governed instead of being the governor”, says an editorial in the latest edition of Harakah, the PAS organ.
The article, written in a lamenting tone, is a reaction to the open letter signed by 25 former civil servants, diplomats and scholars who call themselves G25 and who have been hailed in the press as “Eminent Malays”.
Referring to the “continuing unresolved disputes on the position and application of Islamic laws” mentioned in the open letter, Harakah says these disputes arise because the Federal Constitution consigns Islamic matters to the jurisdiction of the states. The states’ powers are “severely limited”, it adds.
This “marginalisation”, it claims, goes against the wish of Muslims to be governed by Syariah laws.
It says the anxiety expressed by G25 strengthens the argument that Islam in Malaysia is “governed” instead of taking its rightful position as the ultimate reference in matters of governance.
It says that although the Federal Constitution gives the state legislatures the power to enact laws pertaining to the administration of religious matters, it limits the jurisdiction of the Syariah courts so that they can deal only with cases involving Muslims and with a limited number of offences. The courts are also limited as to the severity of the sentences they can mete out, it adds.
It laments that hudud laws are not imposed in Malaysia.
“These facts show that Islam in Malaysia is an Islam that is governed, not an Islam that governs,” says the editorial. “Herein lies our deep sadness.”
Citing a 2013 survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre, it says large percentages of Muslims around the world want the Syariah to be the supreme law in their countries and want it to be imposed on all citizens.
“A total of 86% of Malaysian Muslims and 72% of Indonesian Muslims said they wanted Syariah laws,” it adds.