Dzulkefly says hudud law proposal goes against ‘spirit’ of Pakatan policy

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

While several PAS leaders have come out in full force promising to implement hudud laws, a lone PAS MP has claimed that the party should not use a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) platform to push for the laws.

PAS central committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said today that the Islamist party should only advocate its policies “within the democratic process”, adding that provisions for hudud laws were never agreed on or outlined within PR’s Common Policy Framework (CPF).

“PAS leaders cannot be using the Pakatan platform to spread hudud laws. While we in PAS has a right to advocate our beliefs on our own platform, we cannot do it on a Pakatan platform.

“It is against the spirit of the PR Common Policy Framework (CPF). PR is built on the CPF. While we are diametrically opposed in our ideologies, our common denominator is the CPF,” said the Kuala Selangor MP.

Dzulkefly told The Malaysian Insider today that he had received many calls and text messages from PR supporters asking why were there renewed debates between PAS and DAP on the issue of hudud laws and the formation of an Islamic state.

“For as long as hudud laws and Islamic state are an anathema to DAP, and the idea of a secular state is an abhorrence to PAS, Umno-BN (Barisan Nasional) shall be ruling this country till doomsday,” he said.

The outspoken politician reminded PR leaders from PAS and DAP to stop “playing up” to each other’s own “ideological gallery”.

“I have emphasized this to PR leaders from time and time again. If only we are able to carry out new politics, rather than play up to our little gallery of ideological divide. We will only self-destruct if we insist on adopting a holier-than-thou position,” said Dzulkefly.

The Kuala Selangor MP had earlier this morning stated his initial response via social networking site Twitter.

“Could PR leaders pls avoid being embroiled in hudud. We are in ‘Self-destruct Mode’ again. Please have mercy for our members and well-wishers,” said Dzulkefly on his Twitter page.

Dzulkefly’s remarks come a day after PAS leaders said that it would not back down from its promise to implement hudud laws, adding that its PR ally DAP does not understand the concept.