Gerakan wants PAS’ Hudud Bill to be tabled for MPs to debate

GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan has dared the Kelantan PAS government to proceed with its plan to table a private members’ Bill in Parliament to enable hudud (Syariah criminal code enactment) to be adopted in the state.


It is time for this piece of legislation to be tabled and discussed eloquently in Parliament, Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said.

In an interview with theantdaily, Tan said the august house should allow parliamentarians from both sides, Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat, to deliberate on the long outstanding matter.


“I want to see if PAS will get total support from their peers in Pakatan. It is a piece of legislation which remains sensitive to this day.”

But let the people also see whether DAP leaders such as Karpal Singh, Lim Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng will accede to PAS’ determination, Tan said.


“We will now see what DAP is made up of. Are they going to be principled or are they going to condone political expediency?” he said.

He wondered if DAP should continue to work alongside PAS, which does not seem to be willing to compromise with the former?


What about the multi-racial background of PKR?

Will they tolerate what PAS is doing -- turning Malaysia into a more Islamist-compliant nation?

“What about secularism?” Tan asked.


Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakcop had announced that the state wants to adopt hudud and plans to table a Bill in Parliament.

He was reported as saying he was also willing to lose his job over this issue.


He was also encouraged by the support from Umno on this matter, saying “it is time to proceed with it”.

In 1993, Kelantan became the first state in Malaysia to table and pass a Syariah enactment governing crimes, with only the non-Muslim lawmakers objecting to it.


But the state did not proceed with the implementation due to objections from various fronts, including lawyer-politician Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who had threatened to sue PAS if the latter goes ahead with it.


Recently, Zaid also reiterated his stance via the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said Kelantan planned to adopt an “open” concept of the hudud law in the state, which offers non-Muslims there a choice to live by the Islamic penal code or not to.


He also disclosed that the state government was preparing two private members’ Bills that would be brought to Parliament soon with the hope of removing all obstacles to its implementation next year.

Hudud mostly covers the crime of theft, robbery, adultery, rape, sodomy, physical abuse, consuming intoxicants and apostasy.

Tan said the PAS Supporters Club should also voice its views on this matter.


Club president Hu Phang Chaw said the non-Muslim community remained silent because this was not the first time that the issue was raised.

“We shall see if Kelantan goes ahead with the adoption. But for now, we have other things to worry about.”


According to him, the non-Muslim community is more worried about the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax and rising living costs.

In the meantime, the “ball is in the court” of Kelantan PAS and it will also be interesting to watch whether Umno MPs will reject the Islamic law.






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