Hudud: DAP Should Respect Pas’ Struggle


“The issue of hudud’s implementation has been around since we ruled Kelantan (from 1990) and Terengganu (between 1999 and 2004).

“As such, I urge DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to respect Pas and our struggle,” he said yesterday.

Hudud is a term used in syariah to describe the class of punishment for crimes, such as theft, fornication and adultery, apostasy, consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants.

Hudud has been a thorny issue between Pas and DAP, with DAP chairman Karpal Singh and Pas leaders trading barbs and salvos.

Karpal had reportedly slammed Pas for failing to be “realistic” in its pursuit to implement hudud in the country.

The senior DAP leader had said that hudud could not be implemented in a secular state like Malaysia, which was decided as far back as 1988 when a five-man bench, headed by the then Lord President Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas, ruled that the country was governed by secular constitution which meant Malaysia was a secular state.

Former Pas deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa had urged Pas to leave Pakatan Rakyat if DAP continued to oppose hudud.

Nasharudin’s fate as a Pas member following his outburst would be decided by the party’s Syura Council, headed by its spiritual leader, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had reportedly said that Nasharudin’s recent activities had not benefited the party.

Nor Azli also took a swipe at his party comrades for commenting on the matter.

“Be professional and leave religious matters to the Dewan Ulama.

“We in the Dewan Ulama have not commented on matters related to the professionals (referring to the non-ulama faction in the party).

“So they should refrain from doing the same. Don’t touch on religious matters.”

In Kuala Terengganu, state Pas Youth chief Mohd Nor Hamzah said hudud will be implemented in Terengganu if Pas came to power in the state. He said hudud could be implemented without the Federal Government’s nod as it was part of Islamic laws which fell under the purview of the state government.

“Yes, we will implement it (hudud) as it was consented to by the sultan and gazetted (when Pas ruled Terengganu after winning the state in 1999),” he said yesterday.

He said that it was possible to implement hudud in Terengganu even if Pakatan failed to wrest Putrajaya in the next general election.

“I don’t see any problem as Islam is under the state government.”

However, Mohd Nor, who is also the Bukit Payung assemblyman, said negotiations or muzakarah would be held with Pakatan leaders opposed to hudud if they came to power at the federal level in the next general election.- New Straits Times