‘DAP shows disrespect to PAS over ‘hudud’ issue’

PAS should reconsider its association with DAP, says the political secretary to the prime minister.

(Bernama) – The DAP has unabashedly shown outright disrespect to its political partner PAS by dismissing the latter’s announced proposal to implement “hudud” if it gets to form the federal government after the next general election, said Mohd Fatmi Che Salleh, the political secretary to the prime minister.

He said this was evident from the statement of DAP chairman Karpal Singh that the party’s position on the hudud issue could not be subjected to any compromise and it was fundamental for the party’s existence.

“I was not at all surprised by Karpal’s dismissal [of the proposal] because the DAP has all along expressed opposition to an Islamic state. It was to be expected.

“If PAS wants to really champion Islam, it should reconsider its association and cooperation with the DAP,” he told reporters after launching a social gathering of members of the Kelab Suara Muda, here, last night.

The issue of implementation of hudud came up again when PAS Dewan Ulama chief Harun Taib said after the Dewan Ulama assembly two days ago that the opposition pact had generally agreed to the implementation of hudud if the opposition was able to form the government after the 13th general election.

However, Karpal Singh and DAP deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw issued statements to the contrary.

Tan said yesterday he did not know how the issue of the opposition pact having agreed to “hudud” surfaced when the DAP only accepted the position of Islam as provided for in the Federal Constitution.

He said the points of agreement between PAS and DAP on the implementation of hudud, should the opposition pact form the federal government, were based on the provisions in the Federal Constitution.