PETALING JAYA: PKR has expressed regret that the tabling of the hudud laws in Kelantan went against a Pakatan Rakyat consensus agreed upon in 2011.
In a statement on Thursday, PKR said that while they acknowledged hudud as God’s laws, they said that there were other more pressing issues such as injustices and the improvement of the people’s welfare.
“While PKR respects the right of the Kelantan government to table the enactment, it would have been better if they would have respected the agreement made at the Pakatan Rakyat level,” PKR said in the statement.
The statement was signed by party leaders Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Azmin Ali, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin, Rafizi Ramli, Zuraida Kamaruddin and Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.
PKR said when the Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Amar Nik Abdullah informed the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council in a meeting on Feb 8 that only four amendments would be made to the 1993 laws, PKR respected their decision as it was not a new law.
“However PKR was only given a draft of the amendments last Thursday. The draft presented was not the four amendments but the tabling of the whole enactment as thick as 34 pages,” they said.
“Although the contents did not differ much from the original enactment in 1993, it didn’t stick to the consensus that was agreed upon by Pakatan Rakyat in 2011,” said PKR.
PKR also claimed that Umno was only trying to politicise the issue.
“If Umno is really sincere and ready to implement hudud, they would have done so in Terengganu. Umno’s refusal to do this in Terengganu shows that it only wants to politicise the matter,” they said.
The amendments to Kelantan's Syariah Criminal Code 1993 were passed by the State Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
The vote was passed unanimously by 44 assemblymen comprising 31 from PAS, 12 from Umno and one from PKR.