Brunei: Sultan takes early lead in race to the bottom
The Sultan of Brunei has announced tough new Islamic punishments as part of a new sharia penal code.
The punishments, which would only apply to Muslims, include death by stoning for adultery, flogging for drinking alcohol, and severing of limbs for theft.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said the new laws would be enforced from April next year.
“It is because of our need that Allah the almighty, in all his generosity, has created laws for us, so that we can utilise them to obtain justice,” the monarch said.
The oil-rich kingdom has been working for several years to introduce the new code.
The 67-year-old sultan has presided over a shift to more conservative Islam and anti-sedition laws in recent years, and said sharia criminal law should be established to work alongside the country’s civil law more prominently.
Another good reason not to be a Muslim, as if you needed one.
But step 2, of course, will see the Muslims protesting about their unfair treatment and demanding the laws be applied to non-Muslims as well. That’s the beauty of religion: each step backwards makes it easier to take the next one.