Barisan also cannot reach consensus on hudud, says Penang BN chief - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Barisan also cannot reach consensus on hudud, says Penang BN chief

Barisan Nasional will not be able to reach a consensus on the hudud issue as its component parties are both race-based and multiracial, its Penang chief said.

State BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow said BN strove for consensus among its component parties, and like its rival Pakatan Rakyat, would be unable to reach an agreement on hudud.

He also said the coalition had not held in-depth discussions on the matter to reach any final decision.

"Penang BN has not come to such a consensus. I have to be frank, there is no consensus (on hudud) among the parties in the coalition.

"PR also cannot come to a consensus... Gerakan's stand on this issue has also been clear from the beginning. We are against it.

"We (BN) have not discussed... We will not be able to achieve that consensus," he told reporters today.

Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said last month that PAS would propose a private member's bill to pave the way for the implemention of the Islamic criminal law in the state.

This has sparked debates within both the ruling coalition and the opposition pact.

Teng, who is also Penang Gerakan chief, said Penang PR needed to be clearer on its stand on hudud.

He said questions remained to be answered although Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had said his DAP-led administration was against hudud.

"In the run-up to the general election last year, DAP and PAS signed a pact that PAS has its right to fight for an Islamic state while the DAP maintains its right to uphold the Constitution,” Teng said, showed reporters a copy of the pact signed by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Lim.

"If you (the DAP) had agreed to this (PAS's struggle for an Islamic state), what are you protesting now?"

He said that if indeed the state government was against hudud, as state BN chairman, he would give his support, too.

"You (Lim) make your stand first. Then we will make ours," he said when asked by reporters to state Penang BN's stand on the issue.

On the Teluk Intan by-election scheduled for May 31, Teng said Penang Gerakan has called for party president Datuk Mah Siew Keong to be fielded as candidate.

He said Mah was the best man for the job as he had been MP of the constituency for two terms.

The seat fell vacant with the death of DAP's Seah Leong Peng of cancer on May 1.

In the last general election, Seah beat Mah by 7,313 votes.






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