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Deep South Muslims say ‘no’ to three key social bills

Deep South Muslims say ‘no’ to three key social bills

BANGKOK: The League of Islamic Council of Southern Thailand has issued a statement opposing three draft bills - the Cannabis and Hemp Bill, Progressive Liquor Bill and Civil Partnership Bill - as going against Islamic law, saying practising Muslims cannot abide by them.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 25 June 2022, 02:15PM


The League of Islamic Council of Southern Thailand does not support the Cannabis and Hemp Bill. Photo: Somchai Poomlard

The League of Islamic Council of Southern Thailand does not support the Cannabis and Hemp Bill. Photo: Somchai Poomlard

Representatives of the Islamic councils in the southern border provinces of Yala, Narathiwat, Songkhla, Satun and Pattani met on Thursday (June 23) to clarify their position on the three bills that have already passed their first readings in parliament, reports the Bangkok Post.

During the first reading, the Prachachat Party - which counts most of its members as Muslims living in the deep South - opposed all three bills as well as the Marriage Equality Bill, several of which were sponsored by the Move Forward Party (MFP).

Sugarno Matha, the Prachachat Party’s MP for Yala, said it has already informed other political parties that practising Muslims should not have to follow any laws contrary to their religious or other beliefs.

The Cannabis and Hemp Bill delisted the two plants as narcotic drugs, except for cannabis extracts with more than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabis’ psychoactive ingredient.

Meanwhile, the draft of the Progressive Liquor Bill aims to liberalise the liquor industry and allow small-scale producers to enter the market. The Civil Partnership Bill will, if enacted, makes same-sex marriage legal.

According to the Quran, same-sex marriage, narcotics and alcoholic drinks go against Islam and its patriarchal values. As such, exceptions must be made for practising Muslims if the bills are passed, Mr Sugarno said.

The issue has sparked much debate on social media leading to confusion among Muslims, which is why the councils hoped to clear the matter up, said Waedueramae Mamingji, chairman of the Islamic Council of Pattani.

The League of Islamic Council of Southern Thailand does not support any of the draft laws, he said.

Dr Ananchai Thaipratan, an Islamic medical professional at the meeting, said the UN still lists cannabis as a narcotic allowed only for medicinal use or research purposes.

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Timothy | 26 June 2022 - 10:41:09

Same-sex marriage, narcotics and alcoholic drinks go against Islam and its patriarchal values....However, they have no problem at all with killing woman school teachers (over 178 to date) and blowing up innocent people on a regular basis.... That suits their patriarchal values I guess.   

Kurt | 26 June 2022 - 10:40:47

In perhaps the most conservative muslim country, Afghanistan, is the drugs industry deeply enmeshed in economy. Drugs business now under the Taliban Imams regiem is booming. Practice older men marry young, sometimes as old 12-13 years, girls is coming up again. ( paedophilia)

christysweet | 26 June 2022 - 10:33:09

'Patriarchal values' is the key term here. That men  lord it over women - and western fantasy religion is hardly any better- ditto the Eastern myth. When is humanity going to grow up and realize  what a load of BS it all is. Guess not as long as control of women is the goal.  

JohnC | 26 June 2022 - 09:00:45

Pretty hypocritical really. Muslims all over the world have used marijuana and hashish for medicinal and recreational purposes for many centuries.

Kurt | 25 June 2022 - 18:59:08

I see no problem about islamitic people who like to live according their explanation of the Quran. Has to be respected. And when muslims respect thinking otherwise than everybody in Thailand is happy.

 

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