We are firm and clear on our principle

The issue about the implementation of hudud law is not only a Pakatan Rakyat issue but is a Malaysian issue. 

The recent meeting between Kelantan PAS and BN UMNO to discuss the implementation of hudud law without the need to amend the Federal Constitution is grounded on the JAKIM’s Paper released in May, 2014.

According to the said Paper, the Federal Constitution has implicitly provided for the implementation of hudud law and that non-muslims must also accept it. As such, there is no need to amend the Federal Constitution to implement hudud law in Kelantan.

Such interpretation of the Federal Constitution by the JAKIM is, without doubt, mistaken and wrong. However, if the UMNO accepts such interpretation as the correct interpretation, the PAS also accepts it as such, the other component parties in BN keeps quiet about it and PR also keeps quiet, then slowly but surely, such wrong interpretation will one day become the norms and accepted view in Malaysia.

While I do not expect the BN’s component parties to speak up against UMNO for they have long been the “yes-men” of UMNO, but I do expect, at the least, the Sarawak PKR to be firm against such wrongful interpretation of the Federal Constitution.

I hope Sarawak PKR do not see the proposed implementation of hudud law in Kelantan to be a mere Kelantan problem. Once a particular state in Malaysia started the implementation of hudud law, the whole nature of our Federal Constitution is changed, and it will only be a matter of time that hudud law will be extended to Sarawak.

The crisis facing PR Sarawak today is not due to fault of DAP, but due to PAS dancing to the tune of UMNO in the implementation of hudud law. Baru Bian should be experienced enough in politics to see that. Is his not taking PAS to task because PKR Sarawak has no autonomy to do so and has to abide by the National PKR leadership’s directive?

As for DAP, we are firm and clear on our principle. Our Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was the first to announce that hudud law will not be implemented in Penang, even before Adenan made the announcement. This is testimony to our resolve against the implementation of hudud law in Malaysia.

26-7-2014

Chong Chieng Jen
DAP Sarawak Chairman
Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa