PAS: Wan Azizah must retract hudud statement


Permatang Pauh PAS stands firm with its demands as by-election day approaches.

(Free Malaysia Today) – PKR is expected to announce its candidate for the Permatang Pauh by-election anytime now and its Pakatan Rakyat ally PAS is sticking by its ultimatum issued on Sunday.

PAS, in anticipation of PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail being named the candidate, is still saying: “Wan Azizah must retract her anti-hudud statement and apologise to PAS.”

Nomination day is Saturday and polling is on May 7. The Opposition coalition has decided that PKR will field a candidate to contest the seat left vacant when PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was jailed five years for sodomy.

Omar Hassan, the chairman of the PAS Permatang Pauh division, speaking after yesterday’s divisional meeting which ended early this morning, said Wan Azizah has to apologise to the party because she rejected hudud.

The division took the stand on Wan Azizah at its annual general meeting on Sunday.

PKR and especially DAP have objected to PAS’ hudud stand, especially after the PAS-led Kelantan government got the state assembly last month to amend its Syariah Criminal Code II Enactment.

Matters took a turn for the worse when DAP announced it was “severing ties” with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang for his insistence on hudud but not the party.

Omar claimed the Bukit Mertajam, Nibong Tebal, Balik Pulau and Batu Kawan PAS divisions supported the Permatang Pauh move.