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Thursday October 27, 2011
CommentBy Baradan Kuppusamy
PAS will not give up on Islamic theocracy and Islamic laws, especially hudud, even with the nation marching in the opposite direction.
IF PAS has its way, we won't be watching movies, cannot choose the way we dress and cannot see an Elton John concert.
PAS acts like it is the custodian of the way we dress and the kind of concerts we can watch. It sees itself as the authority for morality in the country.
In Kelantan, it wants women to wear the hijab; in Bangi, it wants to ban cinemas and people have to travel some 30km to Kajang to catch a movie.
Now, it wants next month's Elton John concert in Genting Highlands to be cancelled on the grounds the singer is gay.
What's more, he is married to another man and they have a baby by a surrogate mother.
PAS probably prefers to put the LBGT (lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender) community under rehabilitation on an island of their own.
Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has formed a 19-member committee to oversee the implementation of hudud law that were passed by his PAS-led state in 1993 but not enforced because of the Federal Government's refusal to recognise the law.
Now, 18 years later, PAS is trying to revive the hudud law, saying there is an opinion among some legal experts that the enactment can be revived without any amendments to the constitution.
If PAS intolerance continues and its wish for separate laws for Mus-lims is realised, it would seriously compromise the secular foundation of the nation.
“We are only interested in the music we don't condemn the producer,” said MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok, describing PAS' proposal as extreme.
There are, among the non-Muslims, some who are supportive and don't mind being governed by hudud law. But the majority are against hudud law.
PAS Supporters Congress, led by former journalist Hu Pang Chaw, is dead set against any implementation of hudud law.
He had said the hudud proposal had alarmed non-Muslims and it would be tough for PAS to convince them to think otherwise.
“The worst case scenario would be non-Muslims losing confidence in PAS over its hardline stance on the issue.
“This, eventually, will trigger a mass exodus of non-Muslims from the party.
“PAS leaders must open up and listen to the grouses brought up by non-Muslims and find a solution to ease their concerns,” he said.
PAS has put the DAP, its ally in the Pakatan Rakyat, in a difficult situation by insisting on hudud law.
On one hand, the DAP is going a long distance to persuade Chinese voters to side with PAS and help the party win in mixed constituencies.
But on the other hand, the DAP is opposed to PAS' plans to implement hudud in Kelantan and across the country.
It is a mind-boggling double-faced strategy and the Chinese voters can see through it.
Some PAS members are even suggesting it is better to force hudud upon non-Muslims because the vast majority would never accept it voluntarily.
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also supports PAS on its hudud stand, albeit on a personal level, leaving the DAP to grapple with the issue on its own.
For the DAP, there are no two ways about it non-Muslims simply reject hudud and consider it a step back in nation-building.
The DAP can no longer “agree to disagree” with PAS on one hand and on the other tell non-Muslims to vote PAS.
That position is no longer tenable because by helping PAS to win, the DAP is also advancing intolerance, hudud and an Islamic theocracy.
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