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Are secular legislative bodies competent enough to make religious laws?

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Are the state legislative assemblies competent to make religious laws? An order has been issued to study this.

My layperson’s view is that Parliament and state legislative assemblies are not competent to make religious laws.

These bodies are elected under secular law (the Constitution is secular).

They consist of members of various ethnicities and religious beliefs.

They are not authorities on religious matters.

Members of different religious beliefs cannot make laws for members of other faiths

These legislative bodies cannot exclude their members of other faiths from the process of the making of any laws, including religious laws for other faiths.

Any religious laws made by these legislative bodies should be null and void since members of other faiths were involved in the making of the religious laws.

The practice of legislative assemblies making religious laws should therefore be unlawful and should be stopped. Let religious authorities or bodies make religious laws for members of their faiths.

Parliament and the state assemblies should be making laws for all the people of Malaysia, not for any religious groups.

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