Gerakan disappointed with PAS’s insistent on hudud
25 Jul 2012, 4:05 PM
The recent public fallout between PAS and DAP on the possible implementation of hudud is raising the eyebrows of the people yet again. PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi has invoked the ire of the DAP especially DAP chairman Karpal Singh, as he claimed in a recent debate that after the PR convention held in Penang, Karpal had said that after he befriended Pas, the issue of hudud can be discussed again. This means that the two parties have finally reached a consensus about the law as Nasrudin’s stunning claim has once again put its political allies especially DAP into a fretful and awkward position under the limelight with Karpal himself has since jumped out in defense of himself in a furious or rather frantic manner.
In view of this, Gerakan Deputy President Dato’ Chang Ko Youn is disappointed with PAS’s unwavering aspiration for hudud as the party leadership is apparently unwilling to forgo the idea to implement hudud nationwide if PR emerges triumphant in the next GE despite DAP’s feeble and hypocritical protest.
“Since the last GE on 2008, DAP has formed an alliance with PAS under PR, it is “match-made in hell” that put the credibility and reliability of the party into question which fail to hide public scepticism towards the collaboration between the two parties, both with an inverse ideology very much in contrary to each other,” says Dato’ Chang who is also Gerakan Human Rights and Law Bureau chairman.
“The forced closure of pig abattoir, the absolute ruling of Fatwa in Kedah and the recent directive of separate seating for unmarried Muslim couples in Kuala Selangor are serving as an ironclad proof pointing to the pursuit of PAS on its hudud and Islamic state agenda with the “qui tacet consentire” or with the acquiescence of the DAP leadership, especially its party Secretary General Lim Guan Eng,” adds Dato’ Chang.
The inability of DAP to stop PAS from incessantly pursuing its controversial agenda on hudud and the Islamic state is obvious. Despite Karpal has cried foul in remonstrance, Lim Guan Eng remains silent on the issue in a sharp contrast which is inviting conceivable suspicion on his stand in this issue that proved to be a much concerned topic for all Malaysian especially the Chinese community in the next GE.
“Therefore, I urge Lim Guan Eng to emulate the earnest chivalry and sense of responsibility as demonstrated by his party chairman Karpal Singh and make a gallant move to take a stand on this issue with clarity. I doubt whether the word of Karpal Singh as the chairman of the party is taken seriously by the DAP leadership. However unlike DAP, Gerakan is firmly against the implementation of hudud or even the establishment of an Islamic state without a doubt, which we think is inapplicable under the socio-cultural structure of Malaysia,” says Dato’ Chang.
“The silence of Lim Guan Eng and Lim Kit Siang goes to show their political opportunism and whatever principles they have, if any, have been subsumed in the name of political convenience.” says Dato’ Chang.
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