PETALING JAYA: PAS has once again stressed the party’s belief that hudud can control the rise in serious crimes.
In a statement issued on Friday, PAS vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said existing laws had failed to act as deterrents as criminals no longer fear them.
“The effectiveness of the current judicial system is in doubt as the crime rate has yet to go down.
“Many people still believe that man-made law is superior although it is becoming more apparent that it is not feared by criminals,” he said.
Referring to the recent case of a 15-year-old girl being allegedly gang-raped by more than 30 people in Ketereh, Kelantan, Tuan Ibrahim said that even though hudud may be incapable of punishing the perpetrators in the particular case as there were elements of doubt, the accused could, nevertheless, be punished under takzir law.
Takzir is another branch of syariah law which is imposed when there is a lack of evidence against the accused.
“If the court sees there is a need for severe punishment, it can make such a judgment,” Tuan Ibrahim explained.
He added that the existing criminal laws were inadequate and that a more holistic solution was needed, stating once again that the implementation of syariah would be ideal.
PAS had planned to table two Private Member’s Bills in Parliament to pave the way for its version of hudud to be enforced in Kelantan.
The planned move, which has come under fire by DAP and MCA, has been put on hold pending a decision by a joint Federal-state technical committee that is looking at all aspects on the implementation of PAS’ hudud in Kelantan.