Lawyer Nik Elin received death threats following 16 provisions in Kelantan’s syariah criminal laws nullified by Federal Court


KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer Nik Elin Zurina Nik Abdul Rashid lodged three police reports alleging she had received death threats recently.

According to Sinar Harian report, the threats were following the Federal Court challenge that nullified 16 provisions in Kelantan’s syariah criminal laws.

Nik Elin said it was important for the people to read every provision to better understand the law.

“I have received many threats in my life and attacks online including “slaughter threat”.

“I have forgotten the number of threats I have received from individuals who are unable to understand.

“They blindly followed the instructions from their political leaders,” she said in an exclusive podcast interview “Beyond the Headlines” with New Straits Times recently.

On Friday (Feb. 9), the Federal Court allowed their challenge and declared 16 of the 18 provisions were unconstitutional.

In an 8-1 majority decision, the apex court allowed the application by the mother and daughter duo to challenge 18 provisions under the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code Enactment 2019.

Nik Elin Zurina Nik Abdul Rashid and her daughter Tengku Yasmin Natasha Tengku Abdul Rahman made the legal challenge on grounds that the provisions were invalid due to the Kelantan state legal authority having no power to enact such laws.

Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who chaired a panel of nine judges, said the issue at hand was whether the Kelantan state legal authority had enacted the impugned law provisions within the ambit of the Federal Constitution.

After the decision, Nik Elin said that she was not doing this for herself but for everyone despite being vilified, condemned and cursed.

Nik Elin added, following the case many people have taken the opportunity by manipulating the facts and politicised the issue to the extent it has confused the people.

Elaborating on that she said, actions taken to challenge several sections of the syariah criminal in the enactment is not related to politics.

“Islam taught us about love, kindness and peacefulness but their actions (certain political leaders) are contradicting to these elements.

“This is only a challenge (laws) that we made on behalf of the Malaysian people.

“Hopefully they will open up their minds. The politician has chosen to take a desperate step,” she said.



more recommended stories