PANGKOR: Hudud laws will also affect non-Muslims, which is why the MCA wants to inform the Chinese community about their impact if they are implemented in Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
The MCA president stressed that the party was not using hudud to “threaten” the Chinese community.
The community, he said, needed to understand that such Islamic laws would affect them, contrary to what was propagated by the Opposition.
“Punishments under the hudud laws contradict human rights.
“Foreign investors will shy away from countries that do not protect basic human rights,” he told reporters during the Pangkor Hainan Association's dinner on Monday.
While many assumed that the implementation of hudud laws would bring peace, he said it was not so in reality, adding that eight out of 11 countries, including Somalia, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, that practised hudud were known for their instability.
Dr Chua stressed that it was possible that hudud laws would be implemented if the Opposition formed the Federal Government.
“Muslim MPs, regardless of any political party, are bound to give their vote for its implementation should PAS move a motion in Parliament,” Dr Chua said, adding that support from Muslim MPs would allow PAS to gain the two-thirds majority it needed to amend the Federal Constitution.
The DAP, he said, had also been misleading the Chinese community into supporting Pakatan Rakyat.
“They are telling the people that should Pakatan not perform, then the people can always change the government again in the following general election.
“We need to understand that the changing of governments in a multi-cultural country like Malaysia is not as simple as DAP has made it out to be,” he said.
In PETALING JAYA, MCA publicity bureau deputy chairman Loh Seng Kok said Pakatan's common policy of a “welfare state” was merely a ploy by PAS to garner voter support.
“The public should be aware that PAS has re-packaged its hudud concept under the guise of a welfare state to mislead the people,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had recently re-affirmed his party's stand that it would never abandon its goal for the implementation of hudud.
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