May Allah the Almighty, bless our 16th Supreme King of Malaysia, His Royal Highness, Duli Yang Maha Mulia, Seri Paduka Baginda, Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah, for publicly decreeing that there will be no ‘Royal Pardon or Exceptions’ for those who are found guilty of committing crimes.
His Majesty decreed so, during his speech at the official opening of the State of Pahang’s, Al-Sultan Abdullah’s Syariah Courts Complex at Kuantan on Monday, the 5th of September, 2022 / 8th of Safar, 1444, AH in conjunction with His Majesty’s 63rd Royal Birthday.
Here is the transcript of a portion of His Majesty’s speech, delivered in Malay:
“Menyentuh sedikit soal prinsip Kita melaksanakan keadilan didalam Islam, setelah difirmankan oleh Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, seperti yang termaktub dalam Surah An Nisa, ayat yang ke 135.
Menerusi ayat tersebut, keadilan Islam tidak sama sekali memberi sebarang keistimewaan atau pengecualian kepada sesiapa sahaja yang melakukan kesalahan.
Samada diri sendiri, teman rapat, kaum keluarga, mahupun ibu dan bapa.
Ketegasan Prinsip Keadilan Islam turut tidak membenarkan sebarang ketidakadilan kepada sesiapa jua, termasuk kepada golongan mereka yang tidak disenangi.
Perintah Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala yang terkandung didalam ayat tersebut telah di perkukuhkan lagi dengan Hadis Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam yang bermaksud,
‘Sesungguhnya telah binasa orang-orang yang sebelum kamu itu, sekiranya yang mencuri itu, yang berpangkat tinggi, [golongan Bangsawan] lalu mereka dibiarkan sahaja.
Tetapi jika yang mencuri itu, orang yang lemah [miskin @ golongan rakyat marhaen], itu dengan segera dijatuhkan hukuman ke atasnya.
Demi Allah, yang aku didalam KekuasaanNya, kalau lah Fatimah binti Muhammad mencuri, nescaya, aku [sendiri] akan potongkan tangannya.’
Hakikatnya, Undang-Undang hanya memiliki Satu Bahasa. Satu Prinsip. Satu Hukuman. Dan Satu Aplikasi kepada sesiapa sahaja.
Keadilan yang diamalkan tanpa memilih kasih, telah berjaya mengangkat martabat Islam, pada zaman Rasullullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam.
Prinsip Keadilan yang Telus, lagi Terbuka, turut berjaya membangunkan Satu Masyarakat yang Adil dan Saksama, yang Makmur dan yang Sejahtera.
Berpandukan atas Prinsip yang Sama, Mahkamah Syariah juga mestilah Bijak menggunakan Kuasa Budi Bicara dan Sentiasa Berlaku Adil kepada Semua Pihak, dalam Menjatuhkan Hukuman.
Terutamanya yang Melibatkan Kes-Kes Kekeluargaan.
Dan Prinsip Keadilan menurut Islam, adalah Untuk Menjunjung Amanah Tuhan. Dan Bukannya Mewakili Kuasa Tuhan.
Justeru, Kuasa Menghukum dan Memberi Pengampunan, Tidak Wajar digunakan Sewenang-Wenangnya, kerana ianya bakal dipertanggungjawabkan kelak, di Hari Kemudian.
Jika Undang-Undang Tidak Di-Laksanakan Secara Konsisten dan Adil, nescaya Keadilan Tidak akan Tercapai kerana Falsafah di sebalik menggubal sesuatu undang-undang itu telah ternoda.”
End of excerpt of His Majesty’s speech in Malay.
The English translation is as follows:
“Touching a bit on the principle of Our Implementation of Justice in Islam, after being Commanded by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, as stated in the 135th Verse of Surah An Nisa:
Through the verse, Islamic justice does not give any privilege or exception to anyone who commits a wrongdoing.
Whether it’s your own self, close friends, family, or even your mother and father.
The strictness of Islamic Justice Principles also does not allow any injustice to anyone, including those who are despised.
The commandment of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala contained in that verse has been reinforced by the Hadith of the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam, which touches on the matter concerning theft:
Narrated to us, Qutaibah bin Sa’id narrated to us from Laits. (in another passage it is mentioned) Muhammad bin Rumh has told us Al Laits has told us from Ibnu Shihab from ‘Urwah from ‘Aishah, that the people of Quraysh felt confused by the problem of a Makhzumiyah [a noble] woman who was caught stealing, then they said, ” Who dares to talk about this [matter] to the Messenger of Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace?”
So, they proposed, “No one dares to do this except Usamah, a person loved by the Messenger of Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace.”
A moment later, Usamah complained about it to him, so the Messenger of Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace, said: “Do you want to give intercession (relief) in the law of God’s laws?”
Then he stood up and preached, his words: “O people, the only thing that destroyed the people before you was that, when a reputable man amongst the children of Bani Israel committed a theft, they used to forgive him, but if a poor man committed a theft, they would immediately cut his hand.
By Allah, if Fatima binti Muhammad (the daughter of the Prophet) commits a theft, I myself, would cut off her hand!”
Truthful is Rasulullah. [ Messenger of Allah]
The fact is, the Law has One Language. One Principle. One Punishment. And One Application to Anyone.
Justice practiced without favoritism, has succeeded in raising the dignity of Islam, during the time of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam.
The principle of transparent and open justice has also succeeded in developing a just and fair society, which is prosperous and peaceful.
Based on the same principle, the Syariah Court must also be wise in using discretionary powers and always be fair to all parties in sentencing.
Especially cases involving [the] Family.
And the Principle of Justice according to Islam, is To Uphold God’s Trust. Instead of Representing the Power of God.
Therefore, the power to punish and grant forgiveness [Royal Pardon], should not be used arbitrarily, because it will be held accountable later, in the Hereafter.
If the Law is not Implemented Consistently and Fairly, Justice will not be Achieved because the Philosophy behind enacting such a law would have been tarnished.
End of excerpt of His Majesty’s speech relevant to the matter of forgiveness or Royal Pardon of any criminal.
It surprises me that our mainstream media channels or social media activists seem to have failed to realise the weight of His Majesty, our beloved Supreme King of Malaysia’s speech, speaking so crystal clearly about the subject concerning the current attempts to seek a Royal Pardon or Exception for the now convicted former 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia, who has been jailed at Kajang Prison.
Although our Yang Di-Pertuan Agong has not stated verbatim, spelling out as to who is being referred to, in His Majesty’s statement, one has to at least have it in him or herself to know why the King says so?
Malaysia has never really practiced true sense of justice since the days of old. The titled aristocrats and royalty have never been subjected to the same code of justice that commoners suffer and endure to this day.
Chief Justice Tengku Maimun binti Tuan Mat has set the precedent by being the first Malaysian Chief Justice, brave and courageous enough, to send the convicted Dato Seri Najib Razak, former 6th Malaysian Prime Minister, to prison.
Three are for criminal breach of trust over a total RM42 millions of SRC International funds, while entrusted with its control as the prime minister and finance minister then, three more are for laundering the RM42 million, and the last is for abusing the same positions for self-gratification of the same sum.
As we all know, he was in Kajang Prison, just for 1 night and is now said to be hospitalised at HKL VVIP wards.
The convicted kleptocrat still goes to court for his remaining court cases, wearing his suit and tie.
The Prisons Department denies giving him special treatment, but a convict not in prison garb shows otherwise. This is just like the proverbial ‘pink elephant’ scenario. Everyone else can see it but not the prison ‘bosses’! 😛
Malaysia seems stuck in its Double Standards Just Tease system. Another case of ‘Si-Luncai terjun dengan Labu-labu nya’?
Let it be. Let it be….