Monday, April 21, 2014

We will oppose hudud as it is not part of Pakatan agreement, says Guan Eng

We will oppose hudud as it is not part of Pakatan agreement, says Guan Eng

April 21, 2014
Latest Update: April 21, 2014 07:40 pm
DAP has put its foot down against PAS's plan to table a private motion on hudud in Parliament, saying that Pakatan Rakyat's (PR) common policy platform and general election manifesto does not include the formation of an Islamic state.

In stressing that the coalition's policy has not changed, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (pic) said this was further reaffirmed by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"Pakatan Rakyat’s common policy platform and the 2008 as well as 2013 general election manifestos do not include the implementation of the hudud or the establishment of an Islamic state. This has been agreed to by all the component parties of PAS, PKR and DAP in Pakatan Rakyat.

"PR’s position has not changed because DAP’s position in opposing the implementation of the hudud has not changed. Under PR, there must be consensus by all three parties on policy matters,” he said in a statement today.

Lim said as DAP does not support the implementation of the hudud, the issue of PR supporting the hudud does not arise.

Lim, who is the Bagan MP, said while all the component parties can adhere to their respective objectives within the democratic framework, the focus and priority should be on PR's common policies that have been agreed to by all three parties.

This included fighting corruption, pursuing good governance, establishing rule of law and justice, and ensuring that economic prosperity can be shared equitably with the rakyat and not enjoyed only by the cronies, he added.

Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob had announced the east coast state representatives will table a private members bill in Parliament, as early as the next meeting in June, to implement Islamic laws in the  state.

The state is seeking permission to implement the Syariah Criminal Code Enactment (2) 1993 by December at the latest.

The decision was a follow-up to Putrajaya’s willingness, which gave way to any state government to enforce Hudud law in their respective state.

Following the report, four Barisan Nasional component parties - MCA, Gerakan, Sarawak United Peoples' Party and Liberal Democratic Party had voiced their objection to the plan. – April 21, 2014.

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