Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Call on PAS to adhere to PR‘s common agenda and policy and to struggle together with PR to topple BN in the next general election to bring about a better Malaysia for ALL



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 16th December, 2014
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Call on PAS to adhere to PR‘s common agenda and policy and to struggle together with PR to topple BN in the next general election to bring about a better Malaysia for ALL

Hudud is not part of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) agenda as announced in the ‘Kenyataan Bersama Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat’ signed in 2011. And PAS being a coalition of PR will have to abide by PR policy and agenda.

Hence it is wrong and unacceptable for Pas to want to implement hudud law. 

It is an undeniable fact that PAS and DAP have different fundamental beliefs and there should be mutual respect for each other. 

But this has to also mean that DAP, PAS or PKR must respect and adhere to the PR’s common policies. 

As such, the Kelantan government must not go ahead with its plan to convene a special meeting of the state legislative assembly to table an amendment to the hudud law.

PAS information Chief Mahfuz Omar was reported to have defended the efforts to introduce hudud by claiming that "You can't talk about democracy and then stop people from following the due democratic process”.

His justification is flawed as this is not a question of democracy but a question of the need for a coalition partner to adhere to common policies of the coalition. 

It is illogical for Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah to say that DAP can leave the PR if it is uncomfortable with PAS’s plan to implement hudud laws. 

By pushing the hudud agenda, it is PAS that is not adhering to the PR‘s common policy, and it is PAS that should be held responsible for its action.

Let me reiterate that the DAP‘s position is that hudud is unsuitable in Malaysia as ours is a multiracial and multi-religious country. 

Deputy Umno President Tan Sri Muhyiddin has, at the recently concluded Umno General Assembly, warned the delegates that BN could lose Putrajaya with just 2 % drop in support.

Many Malaysians have in the last two previous general elections voted for PR to want to bring about a political change in the nation. 

PR must therefore be more united and work harder. 

I call on PAS to adhere to PR‘s common agenda and policy and to struggle together with PR to topple BN in the next general election to bring about a better Malaysia for ALL.

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