Sunday August 29, 2010
Karpal sticks to no hudud and Islamic state stand
By K. KASTURI DEWI
GEORGE TOWN: A fresh round of objections has surfaced as DAP slammed PAS over the implementation of the hudud laws and the setting up of an Islamic state.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh said there was no such thing as referring the hudud issue to the people as the Pakatan Rakyat partners had all agreed to support a secular state.
Reminding PAS not to divert from the agreement, Karpal said it was important for all parties in the alliance to honour what had been agreed upon.
“It is an agreement among the DAP, PAS and PKR that hudud and the Islamic state are not within Pakatan’s policy.
“What has been agreed upon should not be diverted.
“Therefore, the question of referring the implementation of hudud and the Islamic state to the people cannot arise,” he said in a statement here.
Karpal was commenting on a newspaper report that quoted Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad as saying that PAS would persist with its hudud plan despite resistance from its partners in Pakatan.
He had reportedly said that the implementation of hudud would be referred to the people and, in the end, the people would decide.
Karpal said the Federal Constitution pointed to Malaysia being a secular state and this constitutional guarantee could not be amended even by a two-thirds majority in the Dewan Rakyat.
So where do you go from here PAS? Stay with the DAP and PKR and eat humble pie and be humiliated as usual or defend and uphold your party mission and Constitution and leave the secularist Pakatan loose coalition.