Karpal's NO to hudud in Kelantan
DAP Karpal Singh is against 'hudud law' and will go against it as long as he lives. There is no two-way about it.
Since majority of DAP members are Chinese and non-Muslims, the party will forever remain as an enemy to PAS' dream to implement the Islamic Law in Kelantan, the only state it rules. And this will create a rift among the two parties that form Pakatan Rakyat with PKR.
What about MCA? The BN component too can sit down with DAP in the 'war against hudud'.
PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh today criticised Kelantan’s desire to move a bill in parliament to implement hudud in the state, saying the Islamic law was not suitable for the present time and age.“The passing of the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Court Enactment II in the (Kelantan) state assembly in 1993 is, in the first place, unconstitutional,” the veteran DAP leader said in a statement.“The state assembly has no jurisdiction to pass the enactment and Parliament cannot enforce an unconstitutional enactment passed by a state assembly,” he added.The veteran lawmaker was responding to Kelantan Menteri Besar Ahmad Yaakob’s statement yesterday that the state will table a private member’s bill on the matter in parliament later this year.The state enactment provides for the implementation of hudud for crimes covering theft, fornication, adulter and alcohol consumption.Although the enactment was passed in Kelantan by the PAS-led government in 1993, it has never been enforced. Karpal said that criminal laws can only be passed by parliament and not by a state assembly.“It is parliament which has the jurisdiction to pass criminal laws. Hudud has very serious implications and consequences. Parliament will not, and cannot, pass laws of this category,” he said.He reiterated DAP’s stand against the implementation of hudud in Malaysia.“The DAP’s position on hudud has been made clear time and again and that stand cannot be subjected to any compromise.“It is fundamental to the party’s existence. The passing of such a law will not be in the national interest,” said Karpal.
So, PAS can forget the whole idea as it will face strong contest from within Pakatan Rakyat and BN too.
What will PAS do? Just steamroll DAP and go ahead with its plan?
Maybe it will work for Kelantan but not for the whole country. Even if Pakatan Rakyat wins the 14th general elections - three of four years from now - DAP and probably PKR too will not let PAS table it at the Dewan Rakyat.
Looks like the best option for PAS is to leave Pakatan...