Sky Kingdom follower released on bail

KUALA TERENGGANU: Sky Kingdom sect follower Kamariah Ali, 54, has been released on bail by the Syariah High Court here after being detained for 27 days.

Judge Muhammad Abdullah made the order here following an application by counsel Faridah Yusoff, who represented the Bar Council’s Legal Aid Centre.

He set bail at RM3,000 with one surety for Kamariah who has been charged for humiliating Islam under Section 7 of the Syariah Criminal Offence Enactment (Takzir) Terengganu 2001.

The former religious teacher and Al-Azhar graduate was accused of uttering words that she had renounced Islam at the Besut Lower Syariah Court on July 21.

Muhammad also set RM2,000 bail with one surety for another charged against her under Section 10 of the enactment for not adhering to a fatwa (edict) declaring the sect’s teaching as deviant.

He fixed Sept 15 for the re mentioning of the case under Section 7 of the enactment.

Sky Kingdom

The Sky Kingdom is a quasi-religious interfaith commune located in the eastern Malaysian state of Terengganu.

While Malaysia has a secular legal system, the country is ruled by a moderate Muslim majority.

“Muslims in Malaysia come under the purview of religious courts that are not part of the secular federal legal system. Any attempt to deviate from Islamic teachings, or to leave the religion, can bring harsh penalties from the religious courts.” [Source]

Sky Kingdom leader Ayah Pin claims to be a deity

The group includes former Muslims

Kamariah and 44 other followers would also have to appear before the court for the re mentioning of the case under Section 10 of the enactment on Sept 1.

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The Star, Malasia
Aug. 15, 2005
K. Suthakar

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