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Thursday April 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:46:33 AM
GEORGE TOWN: Top leaders from the DAP have denied that the party accepted the implementation of hudud.
Party national chairman Karpal Singh said the introduction of hudud could result in conflict and chaos.
“For example, if a Muslim and non-Muslim are jointly charged, it would be difficult to have a trial as each would be charged under different laws.
“A non-Muslim cannot give evidence in the syariah court,” he pointed out.
Karpal was referring to PAS deputy spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din's comments that hudud would be implemented if Pakatan Rakyat takes over the federal government.
Haron said the DAP would accept hudud based on its willingness to contest under PAS' symbol in GE13.
Although the DAP rejected the implementation of hudud a few years ago, it was now no longer the case, Dr Haron contended.
Karpal said the Supreme Court headed by Tun Salleh Abas had in 1988 passed a ruling that secular laws would apply in the country.
“That decision stands to this day,” he said, adding that the DAP would not allow any amendment to the Federal Constitution to implement hudud.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang insisted hudud had never been a part of Pakatan's common policy framework.
“When we agreed to use PAS' moon symbol, it was on the basis of agreement with the common policy framework.
“We all have different views in Pakatan, but as long as an idea is not in the framework, it will remain the individual party's objective.
“So far, hudud is not in the framework,” Lim said after visiting a coffee shop in Puchong.
The veteran politician added that even if PAS were to find itself in a similar situation with the Registar of Societies as the DAP did recently, the DAP would be “happy to lend it its rocket symbol”.
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