KUCHING: PRS president Tan Sri James Jemut Masing says none of his party’s six MPs will support hudud in Parliament.
In a statement this afternoon, Masing said the Barisan Nasional component party from Sarawak was against hudud. He based his opposition on the Federal Constitution.
“I was told hudud, among other things, is going against the Federal Constitution Article 5 (1). Therefore, we will not support any Bill on hudud. I’ve informed my six MPs of the party stance on this matter.”
Article 5 (1) states: “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty save in accordance with law.”
Masing’s statement citing the article mirrors the standpoint of the Malaysian Bar, which said hudud was “inconsistent” with several provisions in the Constitution, also highlighting Article 5 (1).
Masing made clear two other points in the statement: PRS had “no problem” with the Kelantanese Government wanting hudud in Kelantan.
However, if and when the hudud bill was presented in Parliament, Masing said he hoped MPs “would not be divided across religious lines”.
“If it does, we are entering into unknown political territory. For a multiracial and religious nation like Malaysia, I’m worried,” he said.
Of PRS’s six MPs, one is a Cabinet member - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Beluan.
The party’s Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum turned down his reappointment as a Deputy Minister after the 2013 General Election.
Masing is Sarawak’s Land Development Minister, and PRS has eight elected representatives in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly.