Thursday, 25 December 2014
PAS IS " A PAIN IN THE ASS"
PAS today dismissed talks that its renewed push for hudud in Kelantan will destroy Pakatan Rakyat, saying the coalition had "agreed to disagree" on issues such as this.
Its information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar said in the spirit of democracy, the party would accept if Parliament rejects the move to introduce the Shariah enactment.
"I don't consider hudud can split PR. This is because we have reached an agreement previously... when the late Karpal Singh was still alive, we had reached a consensus on this (hudud), to agree to disagree," he told reporters at the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.
"PAS has agreed that DAP did not agree on hudud. The meaning here is we respect each others' opinions. This is a fine democratic achievement that PR has made.
"Like a married couple, there must be something that they disagree with one another, but they can still live under one roof. No problem."
The Pokok Sena MP's statement comes as the PAS-led Kelantan government recently moved to convene a special sitting of the legislative assembly on Monday to amend its Islamic laws in order to pave the way for a private member's bill in Parliament.
The bill will need a simple majority of 112 lawmakers supporting it in order for it to be passed and can be tabled once the Kelantan assembly passes the amendment to its Shariah Criminal Code Enactment II.
DAP has repeatedly demanded that PAS shelve its plans in Kelantan, stressing that the Islamic criminal code was not part of the opposition's common policy framework.
After a long silence, PKR today agreed with DAP.
PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali said PR would focus on the highest objectives of Shariah, including economic, social and safety issues, over the Islamic criminal law.
Mahfuz today added that its partners should not worry about the implementation of hudud as it would still need to go through the proper democratic process.
"If Parliament rejects it, then Kelantan will not be able to implement the enactment. This means PAS must accept if Parliament rejects the move.”
At the same time, Mahfuz also urged the Kelantan government to arrange a meeting with interested stakeholders to brief them on the amendment.
"I hope the state government can share this and arrange a meeting to brief to all parties interested in this issue.
"This is because all this is just an amendment to the current enactment, not a new one. Kelantan Shariah Criminal Code II has existed for almost 20 years," he said, urging sceptics to listen to the presentation of the amendment before coming to any conclusion.
PAS CENTRAL COMMITEE NEVER AGREED TO THE HUDUD BILL
PAS central committee members said they NEVER AGREED to bring the Kelantan's Private Member's Bill on hudud to Parliament.
This means PAS-led Kelantan government may be doing more than what it is allowed to by PAS.
PAS’ central committee ONLY AGREED to the Kelantan government to work on the technicalities with the Umno-led federal government, they said.
The state government was then supposed to come back to the PAS central committee to present their findings.
Central committee members Mujahid Yusof Rawa , Dr Hatta Ramli and another member who preferred anonymity said that this was what was agreed.
"We had decided for the federal government to table the motion," Hatta said.
Hatta, who is Kuala Krai MP, also refuted Kelantan PAS state deputy commissioner Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah who said the state had the blessing of the PAS central committee.
Mohd Amar, the deputy chief minister of Kelantan, in an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini said all PAS MPs are duty bound to bring the Private Member's Bill on hudud to Parliament, as the orders are coming from the party’s central committee.
Mujahid, who is Parit Buntar MP and PAS Unity Bureau chief said that Kelantan government did not get back to the central committee over discussions it had with the federal government.
"They were supposed to come back to us with the government-to-government discussions and then we (PAS central committee) were supposed to decide if we were to be the ones to bring the Private Member's Bill to the Parliament.
"In fact, in recent meetings, we were too busy with other issues that we did not even discuss hudud," Mujahid said.
Party deputy president Mohamad Sabu (left) was only willing to say that the hudud issue is still very much under discussion and that there is no decision on who will table it in Parliament.
The Kelantan government will hold a special state assembly sitting on December 29 to amend the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code (II) Enactment 1993 before it is brought to the Parliament in a Private Member's Bill, to enable to state to implement the hudud.
Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad is among PAS leaders who have been caught off-guard by the move to amend a Shariah Criminal Enactment in Kelantan that would lead to hudud law in the state.
The decision by PAS in Kelantan to go ahead with plans that will lead to the implementation of hudud in the state has taken the party's top leadership by surprise as it was not discussed at its central committee (CC) meeting.
Central committee member Khalid Samad confirmed that the matter was NOT raised at its last meeting on December 15.
The CC meeting took place a day before Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob's announcement that the state assembly will convene a special sitting on December 29 to amend its Shariah Criminal Code Enactment II as part of a move to pave the way for a private member's bill in Parliament to enable the state to enforce the Islamic penal code.
"The issue was not discussed at the last meeting. We were only debating if a Bill should be brought to Parliament or if it should be approached in a different manner," he told The Malaysian Insider.
He said quite a few of the CC leaders were taken by surprise by Kelantan PAS as they were unaware of its intentions.'
However, the Shah Alam MP downplayed talks that Kelantan PAS's insistence to go ahead with the proposal would lead to the break up of Pakatan Rakyat (PR), saying that the issue will be further discussed at the PAS leadership meeting next month.
"The next Parliament sitting is in March and there is still room for discussion," he said.
He said PAS is aware of the concerns addressed by its PR partners. PKR and DAP, and pledged to raise it with his leaders at the meeting.
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