DAP today said PAS had betrayed Pakatan Rakyat by pushing for hudud in Kelantan, adding that its decision in 2011 to “agree to disagree” with PAS’s hudud agenda was not a green light for the implementation of the Islamic criminal law.
DAP publicity chief Tony Pua accused PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang of “twisting” the 2011 decision to justify the enforcement of hudud.
“What was agreed in the joint statement in 2011 was the acknowledgement that the Kelantan Islamic punishment enactment was passed in 1993, well before the formation of Pakatan Rakyat,” said Pua in a statement.
“Datuk Seri Hadi Awang is obviously disingenuous by claiming that such an acknowledgement is an endorsement for the Kelantan policy.”
Pua was responding to Hadi’s statement yesterday that PAS had not betrayed DAP because Lim Kit Siang had signed a joint statement in 2011 that “agreed to disagree” in the implementation of the hudud law.
The other signatory of the joint statement was Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he said.
“According to the joint statement made together, we (Pakatan Rakyat) accept the fact that it is the Kelantan government’s right (to implement hudud) and we give DAP the space to disagree. We Malays do not forget,” Hadi was quoted as saying by Bernama yesterday.
But Pua said today that when coalition partners agreed to disagree, it meant it was not the coalition policy.
Pua said PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali had also acknowledged this when he told the media and electorate in the Tenang by-election in January 2011 that hudud was not in Pakatan Rakyat’s common policy framework.
Pua added that any attempt to implement any policy opposed within the coalition was a violation and betrayal of the coalition.
“Hadi doesn’t understand the concepts of ‘mutual respect’, ‘agree to disagree’ and worse, doesn’t understand coalition consensus,” he said.
Pua said that by pushing for hudud, Kelantan PAS had betrayed not just PR but all Malaysians who had voted for them in the last general election.
“PAS leaders had repeatedly assured the country that while hudud remained the party’s political objective, it was not a priority for implementation,” said Pua.
“In 2011, Mustapa Ali assured Malaysians that ‘even if PAS had absolute power with two-thirds majority in Parliament, the first thing that PAS will do is not hudud’.”
Pua added that Hadi’s attempt to paint DAP and Lim as traitors to PR over their attempt to implement local government elections was “laughable”.
“In fact, PAS’s illogical and feeble protests against local government elections should be interpreted as another affront to the coalition consensus,” he said.
Pua urged the PAS president to read the common policy framework document, which states that Pakatan Rakyat will “strengthen local government democracy”.
“It is ironical that Hadi who paints himself as a pious religious leader should indulge in such blatant dishonesty and deceit,” he said.
“His treacherous behaviour can only lead to the conclusion that as long as he remains the president of PAS, the party cannot be trusted by both Pakatan Rakyat and Malaysians.”
Hadi had submitted a notice of his intention to table a private member’s bill during the current sitting ending April 9, which, if passed, would allow the Kelantan government to enforce hudud in the state.
The bill is to amend the Shariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965, which limits the power of the Shariah courts to a maximum penalty of RM3,000 in fine, five years’ jail and six strokes of the rotan.
An amendment is required in this law to enable Kelantan to carry out hudud, after the state assembly on Thursday unanimously passed the Shariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (Amendment 2015). – M.Insider