MPs from DAP to blame over hudud move


(The Star) – All DAP MPs must be held accountable after PAS announced its MPs will table a Bill to allow the Kelantan state government to implement hudud law, said MCA publicity bureau chief Datuk Chai Kim Sen.

He said before the general election last May, PAS had cham­pioned the concept of a welfare state so it could win the trust and support of non-Muslims.

“However, less than a year after the elections, PAS now intends to table a Bill to allow them to implement their own hudud enactment, thus taking us one step closer towards being in an Islamic state,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Chai said all 38 DAP MPs must now be held accountable as the party had defended PAS last year by claiming it had become more liberal and would respect the rights of non-Muslims.

He said this had caused many non-Muslim voters to throw their support towards a “brand new version” of PAS.

However, he said it was clear PAS had never given up its intention to implement hudud and was still as conservative as before.

“By pushing for hudud law, it is clear PAS is prepared to disregard Malaysia’s multi-religious popula­tion and willing to trample on the rights of non-Muslims,” he said.

Separately, Bukit Gelugor MP and DAP strongman Karpal Singh said the Kelantan government’s move to implement hudud law is ill-advised and unconstitutional.

“The passing of the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Court Enactment II in the state assembly in 1993 is in the first place unconstitutional,” he said in a press statement, adding that the state assembly had no jurisdiction to pass the enactment.

“Parliament cannot enforce an unconstitutional enactment pass­ed by a state assembly,” he said, adding hudud has very serious implications and consequences.

“Parliament will not, and cannot, pass laws of this category,” Karpal said.

Kelantan Mentri Datuk Ahmad Yakob had recently said Kelantan would prepare two private Bills to be tabled in Parliament in it’s bid to overcome any obstacles to implement hudud laws in the state.

He said if all went well, the state government guaranteed that the laws would be enforced by 2015.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom had said in Parliement the Government was prepared to give way to any states in Malaysia to implement hudud laws.