PETALING JAYA - DAP, as part of Pakatan Harapan, has betrayed the trust of the non-Muslims with Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s admission of a possibility of an implementation of hudud law in the country, says MCA publicity bureau chairman Datuk Chai Kim Sen.
The Opposition leader’s remarks were akin to Pakatan supporting hudud and the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 as presented by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
During an interview with Al Jazeera’s UpFront programme last Friday, Dr Wan Azizah said the implementation of hudud law in the country “is still a possibility”, and would not rule it out if the Opposition captured Putrajaya at the next general election.
Chai added that DAP’s constant emphasis and promises that Pakatan would not implement hudud law were “just lies and nonsense”.
He said it was similar to DAP’s past promises that PAS would not implement hudud law nor a theocratic state, but set up a welfare state instead.
“But in the end, events and circumstances have proven DAP to be misleading non-Muslim voters,” said Chai, adding that there were many Pakatan members who were not against the amendments to Hadi’s Bill such as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Pakatan chief secretary Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
Despite this, Chai said DAP remained silent on all the declarations made by its partners.
Separately, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim chided Dr Wan Azizah for being evasive when answering questions regarding hudud law.
Zaid, a DAP member, said on Twitter that with the exception of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad, Muslim leaders in Pakatan Harapan were afraid of answering questions about hudud.
“Wan Azizah is just one them,” he tweeted yesterday.
He said PKR’s Muslim leaders did not understand that “public laws and policies must be based on the singular concept that our Constitution is secular”.
“Only a secular country can ensure freedom and personal choice, and religious laws do not,” Zaid said.
He added that if a person wanted to be a leader of a multi-religious country, the person must be “willing to defend secular institutions and laws”.
Senior lawyer and moderation advocate Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos, when contacted, said it was disappointing that Dr Wan Azizah missed the opportunity to clearly state the Opposition’s stand on PAS’ version of hudud and also on what the Opposition’s stand is on hudud as part of Islamic criminal justice.
He stressed that it was no excuse for any political leader to push back the issue to the ulama because ultimately as parliamentarians, they would be the ones legislating it.