Muslim groups discuss legislation contrary to their religious beliefs

Twenty-five Muslim organizations met yesterday to discuss the government’s new cannabis law and other laws that run counter to their religious beliefs.

Religious groups gathered at the hall of the Baan Nuer Mosque in the southern province of Songkla to form an association to oppose unethical laws and regulations in opposition to the new law to decriminalize cannabis June 9. same sex marriage proposals, and Progressive Liquor Law.

Baan Boontem president Butsayamas Itsadul, who cares for children in Yala, southern Thailand, says she is concerned about the lack of rules or restrictions to control cannabis use around children. Butsayamas added that it would take 12 months to insert a clause in the law prohibiting children from using cannabis and that it is too late because children could become addicted to the drug during this period.

A teacher at Wat Yala Thammaram, Nurahasma Chanpen, says the bill is dangerous because children are naturally curious and willing to try things. Nurahasma added that relevant government departments should focus on this and ensure that children are safe from the influence of drugs.

It is the second time this week that the Thai Muslim community has come together to oppose government legislation. Tuesday Muslim students, teachers and the board of Santiwit Songkla Technological College in the southern province of Songkla gathered to condemn the government and Muslim MPs who gave the green light to the new cannabis law. They asked them to reconsider the decision.

The report also added that the Islamic Council of Yala Province had sent a letter in support of the idea. In the letter, Council President Haji Ishmael Hari says he appreciated MPs who disagreed with the decriminalization of cannabis because the plant was dangerous to the global community.

THE SOURCE: MGR online | Thailand Survey | Khaosod

Ruth R. Culp