PKR, DAP only rejecting hudud for fear of losing votes, PAS claims

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang insists that opposition politicians who disagreed with the implementation of the Islamic penal code were prioritising success in elections over the safety of the country. —  Picture by Saw Siow Feng
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang insists that opposition politicians who disagreed with the implementation of the Islamic penal code were prioritising success in elections over the safety of the country. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

SHAH ALAM, April 22 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties that reject hudud are only doing so because they fear it will cost them electoral support, PAS claimed today.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang insisted that opposition politicians who disagreed with the implementation of the Islamic penal code were prioritising success in elections over the safety of the country.

“Many in Pakatan Rakyat don’t agree with hudud for fear of losing voters

“The problem is, it’s not only about election but also about safety and security. We want our country to be safe, we’re not just fighting to be leaders,” he said at a forum titled “Hudud Through Hadi’s Lenses”.

He also took a swipe at the Sarawak chapter of DAP that quit PR in the state to protest PAS’s push for hudud.

“There are those who are scared they won’t win in Sarawak,” he said.

He also claimed that his party’s push to implement hudud was receiving more support than was apparent, citing a forum organised by grassroot MCA members.

“We have succeeded in breaking the barrier and there are non-Muslims who support it,

“On YouTube, MCA organised a hudud forum to discuss it. There are those who say they are not scared of hudud, those scared are the leaders,” he said.

The Kelantan state assembly approved the Shariah Criminal Code (II) (1993) 2015 Enactment on March 19 with 31 votes from PAS lawmakers supported by 12 from Umno.

PAS also submitted a private member’s Bill to Parliament to remove the legal obstacles that prevent the enforcement of hudud in Kelantan, which requires bipartisan support from Umno and others to pass.

The Bill did not make it into the April sitting’s agenda, however, and PAS has since confirmed that the party will again seek to table it in May.