Kelantan slammed over ‘khalwat’ for non-Muslims

(The Star) – Local authorities in Kelantan have been criticised for taking action against four people for what has been viewed as khalwat (close proximity) cases involving non-Muslims.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said that if PAS could subject non-Muslims to such laws in Kelantan, it could do so nationwide if Pakatan Rakyat came to power.

“This should also serve as a wake-up call to the Chinese because it shows that DAP is no political superman, as it is a toothless tiger before PAS,” he said.

Dr Chua said this in response to dissatisfaction voiced by National PAS Supporters Congress chairman Hu Pang Chaw against the local authorities for issuing summonses for indecent behaviour to two non-Muslim men who were caught in a car parked by the roadside near the Kota Baru Airport.

The other case involved a non-Muslim teenage boy and his non-Muslim girlfriend who were found together in a parked car in Tengku Anis Park recently.

The four have denied any wrongdoing.

Dr Chua said it appeared that PAS was slowly pushing for Syariah laws and ultimately its brand of hudud.

“PAS is so sure of coming to power that it has ignored fundamental rights of non-Muslims enshrined in the Constitution,” he said.

Dr Chua pointed out that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat had made it very clear that pushing their Islamic agenda was a religious obligation.

“DAP is willing to go along because it is confident of securing Chinese votes. Let’s hope the Chinese wake up before it is too late.

“As a developing country, we should not be bickering about what is clearly written in the Constitution,” he said, adding that PAS appeared to be fixated on moral policing.

He also said the PAS Supporters Congress should have the political integrity to acknowledge that it did not have a standing in PAS, as it could not even vote in the party.

PPP president Datuk Seri M. Kayveas said the people must use their votes to tell PAS off.

“The people must realise that by supporting DAP and PKR, they are also empowering PAS,” he said.

Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said if the claims were true, it would be beyond comprehension, as non-Muslim were not subjected to Islamic laws.

“It is unacceptable if they want to expand khalwat laws to non-Muslims.

“If PAS intends to amend the Constitution to subject non-Muslims to Islamic laws, then it should say so,” he said.