Brunei’s new Shariah code enforced from April 22

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Sultan Bolkiah
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Brunei will enforce the first phase of its newly introduced Shariah Penal Code Order, which the country’s religious affair minister said will be able to deal with social ills more effectively in the country, on April 22, Xinhua reported.

The Shariah law is currently implemented in the country but is limited to personal and family issues. Beginning on April 22, the scope of Shariah punishments will be expanded to include stoning to death for adultery, cutting of limbs for theft, and flogging for violations such as abortion, alcohol consumption and homosexuality.

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah approved the first phase implement of the law on October 22 last year. The second phase will come into force 12 months after the Shariah Courts Criminal Procedure Code is gazetted. The draft of the code is being finalised by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council, while the third phase will come 24 months after that.

Minister YB Pg Dato Dr Hj Mohammad said there were negative responses by those who do not understand “the beauty and benefits” of the legislation.

“However, many voices were positive and supportive. They welcome our intentions to implement the Shariah Penal Code Order… The country adheres to Al-Quran and Al-Sunnah, and Islam has been practiced here for more than five centuries.”

Addressing concerns raised by Legislative Council members about social issues among youth, the minister said the Shariah Penal Code Order would be able to deal with social ills more effectively.

“It will create a society, especially among the youth, who have good morals, are ethical and well-mannered,” the minister said.

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Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Brunei will enforce the first phase of its newly introduced Shariah Penal Code Order, which the country’s religious affair minister said will be able to deal with social ills more effectively in the country, on April 22, Xinhua reported.

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Sultan Bolkiah
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Brunei will enforce the first phase of its newly introduced Shariah Penal Code Order, which the country’s religious affair minister said will be able to deal with social ills more effectively in the country, on April 22, Xinhua reported.

The Shariah law is currently implemented in the country but is limited to personal and family issues. Beginning on April 22, the scope of Shariah punishments will be expanded to include stoning to death for adultery, cutting of limbs for theft, and flogging for violations such as abortion, alcohol consumption and homosexuality.

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah approved the first phase implement of the law on October 22 last year. The second phase will come into force 12 months after the Shariah Courts Criminal Procedure Code is gazetted. The draft of the code is being finalised by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council, while the third phase will come 24 months after that.

Minister YB Pg Dato Dr Hj Mohammad said there were negative responses by those who do not understand “the beauty and benefits” of the legislation.

“However, many voices were positive and supportive. They welcome our intentions to implement the Shariah Penal Code Order… The country adheres to Al-Quran and Al-Sunnah, and Islam has been practiced here for more than five centuries.”

Addressing concerns raised by Legislative Council members about social issues among youth, the minister said the Shariah Penal Code Order would be able to deal with social ills more effectively.

“It will create a society, especially among the youth, who have good morals, are ethical and well-mannered,” the minister said.

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