Andy Yong Kim Seng: PM should be firm in rejecting Hudud

Press statement by

Gerakan Deputy Youth Chief

Andy Yong Kim Seng

25 April 2014

In recent reports Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak on the one hand commented that the country is not ready for hudud whereas on the other hand he said the government has never rejected the implementation of the same.

Deputy National Youth Chief of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia, Andy Yong Kim Seng avers that such remarks by the PM shows he is holding back by not wanting to offend both Muslims and non-Muslims in the country.

“PM should not be taking the middle ground this time because by doing so he is putting on the reverse gear instead of nation-building.  More importantly is unless PM is saying Malaysia is an Islamic state, Hudud should has no place in a multi-religious society. Nowhere in our Federal Constitution has expressly stated that the country is an Islamic state. In fact back in 1988, the then-Supreme Court in the case of Che Omar Bin Che Soh v Public Prosecutor has decided that laws in Malaysia do not have to conform to Islamic principles” said Andy Yong.

“Perhaps I must add that not only the PM but Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim should also make a strong call that Hudud can never be used in our country.”

Andy Yong further enlightens that “the Federal Constitution being the supreme law of the land was founded on the courage, conviction and compromises of our forefathers who had grappled not only with inter-ethnic and religious rivalries but also the demands of the radicals in the country”.

Many political parties and NGOs have recently taken the stand to uphold the principles of the Federal Constitution.

“I therefore humbly request the PM to take a firm stand to reject implementation of Hudud and to cease all rhetoric which has inevitably caused confusion and divisions within the society”.

 

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