PETALING JAYA: Kelantan MCA has taken DAP to task for stating that it was against the implementation of hudud but it “agrees to disagree” with PAS in Pakatan Rakyat.
MCA’s state liaison committee secretary Datuk Lua Choon Hann said there was “no point” for the DAP to say the two sentences in the same breath.
“This is a catchphrase so synonymous with Pakatan, and so often quoted that nobody even knows what it means anymore,” he said.
“All the people see is the same old charade being played out, and it is clear that any Pakatan meeting is pointless if DAP does not take a stand,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Lua, who is also a MCA central committee member, urged DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and his party leadership to “grab the bull by its horns” and send a clear objection to the PAS leadership over hudud.
“Make it clear to these influential PAS leaders that hudud is not to be tolerated in a multiracial country like Malaysia, instead of shaking your fists at smaller inconsequential leaders at your own national congress or home ground,” he added.
Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong also challenged the Pakatan leadership to stop their conflicting rhetoric on the issue, adding that his party had readied a team of lawyers to stop any attempt to implement hudud.
DAP national legal bureau secretary Gobind Singh Deo warned that Pakatan was in danger of breaking up if PAS insisted on hudud, whether in Kelantan or elsewhere.
“This (hudud) would be contrary to the spirit of Pakatan,” he said at a press conference here yesterday.
“In the 2008 and 2013 polls, the support Pakatan received was largely on the understanding that PAS would not push for hudud,” he said.
DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua also acknowledged that votes for Pakatan would be affected by PAS’ insistence on hudud.
“There will be repercussions to the coalition and repercussions in terms of support for Pakatan,” he said, though he added that it was immaterial if the question of hudud was brought before Pakatan’s presidential council.
Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob announced on Sunday that a special state legislative assembly sitting would be convened on Dec 29 to amend the Syariah Criminal Code Enactment II 1993.
If the amendments are approved, they will then be inserted into two private member’s Bills that will be tabled before Parliament by a PAS MP.
One seeks to provide wider powers to Syariah court judges to hear and mete out sentences under the Syariah Penal Code, while the other is to allow the state government to make use of Federal departments like the Police and Prisons Department to enforce its laws.
Currently, acts like stealing, robbery, causing hurt, rape and murder fall under the jurisdiction of the Penal Code, as prescribed under Article 76A of the Federal Constitution. However, Kelantan is seeking to try Muslims for the same acts under its version of hudud.