Anwar says Pas is free to implement hudud


(NST) – Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Pas was free to do as they please in implementing hudud, but PKR and DAP were not bound to support the private bill their partner plans to table in Parliament.

  Anwar, during a press conference in PKR’s headquarters here said Pas must be given a fair hearing on their move to implement the Islamic law in Kelantan.
  “I reiterate that Pakatan’s position (on hudud) in 2011 that we recognise Pas’ earlier manifesto, consistent with their struggles.
  “Pakatan’s consensus to acknowledge that Pas must be accorded their right to articulate their views, and I would say they must be allowed to continue to do this,” he said.
  However, he stressed that if the Federal Constitution has to be amended to accommodate the provisions of the law, a consensus must be achieved within the coalition.
  He said that Pakatan leaders will meet and discuss on how Pas plans to implement the law in Kelantan before they table the bill.
  On Anwar’s bid for PKR presidential race which was now contested by his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, he said one of them will withdraw before the actual party elections.
  He explained that the move was to prevent any possibilty that he may be disqualified by the Registrar of Societies due to his recent conviction for committing sodomy.