Hudud law in Kedah if PAS takes control


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 21 Sep 2003

BY ANTHONY TAN

ALOR STAR: PAS wants to implement the Islamic hudud law in Kedah if the party captures the state in the next general election, Kedah PAS deputy commissioner Mohamad Sabu said. 

However, he pointed out that the party would first seek approval from the state legislative assembly where a two-thirds majority was needed to amend the state constitution. 

Mohamad said the implementation of hudud would not be mentioned in the PAS election manifesto for Kedah but the party would propose amendments to enactments according to Islam. 

“We will make amendments according to Islamic teachings without affecting the position of non-Muslims. We will standardise with Kelantan and Terengganu,” he told reporters after a colloquium on the Kedah PAS manifesto draft here yesterday. Only 14 people attended the colloquium at Sekolah Rendah Islam Darul Ulum. Except for one Chinese, the rest were Malays. 

Mohamad, who is the manifesto chairman, said PAS would need to consult its allies on the matter, adding that it would be more difficult to introduce the hudud law in Kedah compared to Kelantan and Terengganu. 

Mohamad, who is MP for Kuala Kedah, said PAS would meet with various groups such as fishermen, farmers, artistes, NGOs, undergraduates and civil servants to get their views on the manifesto. 

He added that the party would meet Parti Keadilan Nasional on a common manifesto for Kedah which was expected to be launched at the end of October.  

On the distribution of the 36 state seats in Kedah between PAS and Keadilan for the general election, he said it was 98% completed but declined to state the ratio. 

He said PAS, Keadilan and DAP would work towards ensuring straight fights between the opposition and Barisan Nasional for all seats. 

He added that non-Muslim candidates would be appointed as state executive councillors should the opposition capture Kedah. 

In Kota Baru, Kelantan Umno chief Datuk Mustapa Mohamad said he would expose the PAS government for not fulfilling promises of development made in the 1999 general election. 

“PAS issued a manifesto with all sorts of promises to the people. But after it had won, none of the promises were fulfilled and yet it denys that it had made such promises,” he added.  

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