KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to make an announcement on Barisan Nasional’s stand on the hudud issue soon.
United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) acting president Datuk Madius Tangau said they have given their views during the recent Barisan meeting and it was up to the Najib to disclose it.
“We have made a consensus decision on the hudud but it is not for Upko to announce but the Prime Minister,” he said.
He said the move by PAS to implement the hudud in Kelatan earlier this week was against the Malaysian Agreement as well as the federal constitution.
Madius said that all Barisan component parties understood that the implementation of Hudud was not in line with the Malaysian Agreement and constitution but as Muslims, they cannot say that they do not accept the law.
“For any Muslim to say that they oppose the hudud is like asking them ‘do you no longer believe in your own faith?’,” he said adding that he understood that Muslims cannot go against their own religion.
“It is not a up to Upko to comment about the Islamic penal code but the party will oppose to any form of private member bill and to safeguard whatever is in the Malaysian Agreement,” he said.
“However, this is a political move and against the constitution. We need to wait for a decision from the court. That is all I can say. The rest we need to wait for the Prime Minister to announce,” Madius added.
He urged the speaker of the Dewan Rakyat to use his power and wisdom to prevent tabling of any private member bill in parliament as it was against the constitution and federal law.
The implementation of the Hudud law in PAS-led Kelatan will now have provisions such as death by stoning for adultery with married partners, whipping of between 40 and 80 times for consuming alcohol and amputation of limbs for theft.
Madius also clarified that there would be no ‘Jelajah Hudud’ programme as reported several months ago from the party as such a programme was never planned.
“All we wanted was to have a programme to create awareness of what hudud and its implementations were about but many have misunderstood the whole thing after a slip-up in the banner which wrote ‘Jelajah Hudud’. Therefore there is not going to be any programme on it,” he said.
Parti Bersatu Sabah secretary general Datuk Johnny Mositun said though the hudud issue was discussed in the meeting, the main objective was to reaffirm the Barisan component parties’ pledge to the Prime Minister.
“PBS does not have an official stand on the hudud issue as yet but I am sure our president will issue a statement on it soon,” he said when contacted.
He added that the issue had indeed sparked concern not only among the non-Muslims, but also among the Muslims themselves in Sabah.
Liberal Democratic Party president Datuk Teo Chee Kang said the party does not agree to the hudud law as its implementation would create more confusion.
“There are already jurisdictional issues between the Civil and Syariah courts particularly on conversion of one’s faith, divorce, custody of children and even fights over dead bodies,” he said.
“The implementation of hudud laws would even widen such gaps,” he said adding that hudud laws contradict the federal constitution.
He said the party was not against Islam as a religion, and respect that Islam is the country’s official religion but there are many aspects that needs to be looked into mainly because Malaysia is a multi-racial nation.