Hudud if Pas wins more seats than allies

Islamic party PAS has made its intention clear to implement hudud law if they come into power.

(Free Malaysia Today) – PAS has made its stand on the hudud issue loud and clear. If they secure more seats than their allies in the Pakatan Rakyat than the hudud law would be implemented.

Its Ulama Council chief Harun Taib told the government-linked English daily New Straits Times  yesterday that the implementation of Hudud was “inevitable” in the event that PAS becomes the leading party in the federal opposition bloc.

“If we have enough majority, if PAS is stronger than our allies, we will implement… even if not with the current partners we have in Pakatan… may be there will be other pacts that will lend us their support,” he was quoted as saying.

The hudud issue has always been a contentious issue secular DAP and PAS after DAP national chairman Karpal Singh criticised the Islamic party’s president Abdul Hadi Awang for his statement on Hudud.

Hadi had said on Thursday that PAS had never backtracked on their intention to put Hudud to law and that it will seek to implement it if it takes federal power.

Harun said the party is behind Hadi and viewed Karpal’s criticism as a “personal opinion as a lawyer”, adding that it was PAS’s duty to champion the cause of Islam.

Championing Islam

“We are a party that is championing Islam. Of course we will implement what is required by Islam. Pas will always be behind Hadi and the party’s struggle to uphold Islam in the government and administration of the country,”  said Harun.

Hudud remains PAS’s intention despite the criticism it received from both its allies in Pakatan and rivals Barisan Nasional. The Islamic party had already enacted the law in Kelantan and Terengganu but faced constitutional restraint in its implementation.