| Ishan Ibrahim |
THE ongoing briefing on the Syariah Penal Code Order continued yesterday with the National Service Programme, or Program Khidmat Bakti Negara (PKBN), hosting the event at its training camp in Berakas.
Attended by around 60 PKBN trainees, the briefing was presented by Nor Diana Hayati binti Hj Awang and Hjh Norhartijah binti Hj Puteh, Syariah Legal Officers from the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).
In their briefing, the officers primarily focused on the issues of Hadd, which means punishment or penalty as ordained by the Al-Quran or Sunnah Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam for Sariqah and Hirabah offences, among others.
Currently, the Syariah Penal Code Order is in its first phase, enforced since May 1 this year, but the ensuing phases have yet to be enforced.
There was also a brief Q&A session, in which the PKBN trainees made some inquiries.
One query involved the punishment of cutting off hands. Nor Diana Hayati clarified that this would only be invoked if there is ample proof of guilt and also involves certain specific conditions.
When asked by the Bulletin about criticisms from outside the country, the officer emphasised the fairness of the Syariah Penal Code Order and that such criticisms come from a lack of understanding on what it stands for and why it has been enforced.