Loh Seng Kok
PAS has been sharpening its teeth in preparation of its plan to implement hudud law in Malaysia since its attempt to implement it in both Kelantan and Terengganu, and to counter the voters’ rejection of their Islamic ideals, they have combined with Pakatan parties to win the hearts of the non-Muslim community.
PAS President Hadi Awang has said that in accordance their understanding of the Federal Constitution, religion falls under the purview of state enactments, and when PAS took over the state governments of Terengganu and Kelantan, they insisted that they have the right to implement hudud law, and only with the intervention of the federal government was PAS stopped.
Thus, Hadi Awang’s remarks confirm once again that should PAS form the state governments of Terengganu and Kelantan, they will undoubtedly implement hudud law in both of them. Therefore, the public should be made aware that PAS has repackaged their hudud law concept under the guise of a ‘welfare state’ to mislead the people. After all, Hadi Awang has also repeatedly made it clear that PAS will never abandon their ultimate goal of having hudud law in Malaysia.
Having a so-called ‘welfare state’ concept as their election campaign but yet remain unwilling to give up their dream of hudud law merely proves that the ‘welfare state’ concept is only a propaganda ploy to fish for non-Muslims votes. This goes to show that PAS’ ideology has, and always will be that of a theocratic state model.
PAS disagrees to Anwar as premier
Besides that, Hadi Awang was also reported to have once said that Pakatan de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was not Pakatan’s only candidate for Prime Minister, and had said that Pakatan’s Prime Minister must have the support of the majority of Malaysians. Hadi Awang’s refusal to comment on whether he was one of the candidates for Prime Minister also proves that PAS obviously disagrees with having Anwar as their head of state.
His emphasis that the Prime Minister should be supported by the Muslim-Malay majority and other races suggests that their candidate can only be a Muslim, but these can also be seen based on the results of the previous general election. In the 12th General Elections in 2008, PAS had obtained a total of 2,751,239 votes with PKR having 2,414,575 votes while DAP obtained only 2,007,202 votes. Thus, the high number of votes for PAS reflects that PAS has the support of the Malays and other races.
However, we have seen that PKR is losing its grip, and that DAP only dares to contest in Chinese majority constituencies. This is why Hadi Awang seemed so confident that should Pakatan take over Putrajaya, they will successfully outvote having Anwar as their Prime Minister, and that is why Hadi Awang had stressed that the Prime Minister must have the support of the Malays and other races.
LOH SENG KOK is Member of MCA Central Committee