What is Pakatan Rakyat's common stand on hudud?
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat component leaders must accept Pas' right to implement hudud as it (the implementation of hudud) has been the party's main struggle even before the coalition came into being.
Johor Pas commissioner Datuk Mahfodz Mohamed, who has come out to defend Pas' right to implement hudud, said Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP leaders must stop making negative comments about Pas and the implementation of the Islamic law.
He was reacting to a statement made by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who had said that there was no place for hudud in the coalition.
Anwar who had initially expressed his support for the implementation of hudud told a Chinese gathering in Subang Jaya on Tuesday that Pakatan would never implement hudud unless there was a consensus among the parties in Pakatan.
“I think there should be no objection by Pakatan on hudud because both parties (PKR and DAP) know about Pas’ core struggle.
"This is not something new. Setting up an Islamic state and the implementation of hudud is part and parcel of Pas, everybody knows this fact ,” Mahfodz (pic) told The Mole.
Mahfodz said although the Federal Constitution has no provisions for the implementation of hudud, the necessary enactments to implement the Islamic law was already in place in Kelantan and Terengganu.
On Thursday Mahfodz had reportedly said that the provision for the implementation of hudud was clearly stated in Pas' constitution.
"I think Anwar could have been talking only about states where the Muslims were not the majority. I think he could have been speaking about Selangor or other such states and not about Muslim majority states like Kelantan and Terengganu.
“Hudud is not a new issue. By now there should be mutual respect between Pakatan parties about it. There is no need for negative comments on hudud. We in Pas have been waiting for almost 20 years to get it implemented in Kelantan,” Mahfodz said today, adding that it made no sense for Pakatan to object the implementation of hudud in Muslim-majority states.
Kelantan state executive councillor Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah had also said that that Pas would continue to pursue the implementation of hudud in the state despite of what Anwar had told the Chinese gathering in Selangor.
Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Young Professionals Bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong has also criticised Anwar for being a "political chameleon" who was fond of making conflicting statements when facing different crowds.
Chua's statement was carried by Asiaone, a Singapore-based news portal.
Blogger Penembak Tepat has meanwhile commended Pas Johor and Mahfodz for being bold enough to stand up against Anwar's flip-flop on hudud.