‘No need to take cue on hudud from Kelantan’

Mohd Nor Hamzah

(The Rakyat Post) – Hudud needs no waiting for implementation in Terengganu as it is already gazetted and approved by Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin himself, the state’s PAS Youth chief Mohd Nor Hamzah said.

In an interview with Sinar Harian, Mohd Nor said that the onus was on Muslim leaders to implement the Islamic law.

“Why must we wait for others to do it and reap success before embarking on our own?

“When it comes to state development matters, however, there is no waiting to observe how others do them,” Mohd Nor was quoted as saying.

Mohd Nor was commenting on the statement by the state’s Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, who had remarked that the state would only be ready to implement hudud should Kelantan see success in implementing it.

Previously, Ahmad Said had also cast doubts on whether hudud could be implemented in Kelantan.

“We do not reject hudud, but if one wants to implement it, it needs to be done perfectly. Can Kelantan implement it perfectly?

“Do they have enough judges, prosecutors or investigators? How are they going to prove something as delicate as adultery?”

He also advised Kelan­tan not to use hudud to garner votes and support from the people.

He said that there were also various accounts which needed to be taken into consideration before implementing the law.

“Hudud is not a political issue, but we have to see our capabilities and preparations.

“If Kelantan can do it and succeeds, we shall then follow suit… just like Brunei which intends to implement it.

“We shall wait and see how they do it to learn from them,” Sinar Harian quoted Ahmad Said as saying, in an earlier report.

Mohd Nor, however, said that the current state government helmed by Barisan Nasional (BN) had its “own advantage” in implementing the said law.

“There is no problem as we have support from the Federal Government.”

Besides, in Umno itself, there were ulama who could share their wisdom and could be sought for reference on the matter, he added.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is expected to propose a Private Members’ Bill to enforce hudud laws in Kelantan at the next parliamentary sitting in June.

The move is despite strong objection and criticism by its Pakatan Rakyat ally, DAP, as well as BN’s component parties.