Stick to Dr Mahathir’s stand on hudud, DAP tells Najib

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Looi Sue-Chern, The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Seri Najib Razak must heed and stick to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s  stand that Malaysian Muslims are not ready for the implementation of hudud, said the DAP.

Party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the prime minister should not flip-flop on the matter and instead take note of the former prime minister’s position.

“Mahathir is correct in maintaining his stand that it will not be fair to have different penalties between Muslims and non-Muslims for the same offence.

“This policy was adopted by Mahathir when he was the prime minister from 1981 until 2003 and he had refused to even meet PAS leaders to discuss the issue.

“However Barisan Nasional under Najib has publicly lauded proposals made to implement the hudud law and is willing to meet PAS to discuss this,” Lim (pic, top left) said in a statement today.

Yesterday, Bernama quoted Mahathir as saying that Muslims in this country are not ready for the Islamic penal code to be implemented because those who want to enforce it “would not prioritise justice which is emphasised in Islam but would do it their own way”.

Lim, who is Bagan MP, reiterated that his party will consistently oppose any plan to implement Islamic criminal law, as it is against the Federal Constitution.

He also said the Pakatan Rakyat coalition comprising DAP, PKR and PAS never included the implementation of Islamic law in its election manifestos.

Lim said in PR, it would require all three parties to consent to implement or change any policy.

“PR’s position regarding hudud has not changed because the DAP’s position in opposing it has not changed. PAS has conceded that implementing hudud law is PAS policy and not PR policy,” he said.