Umno, state your stand on hudud

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Is Umno for the implementation of hudud laws in Malaysia or against it, wonders P Ramakrishnan, who also issues a challenge to MCA.

Chua Soi Lek – Photo credit: makkalosai.com.my

When Kelantan Umno chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad demanded “why they (Pas) are unable to implement hudud laws in Kelantan”, Malaysians would like to know what exactly Umno’s stand on the hudud issue is.

Is Umno for the implementation of the hudud laws in Malaysia? We know that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Tun Najib Razak had stated that hudud is not suitable for a multi-ethnic society like Malaysia. But that is not enough. He must publicly, honestly and frankly declare: “Umno will not implement hudud laws in Malaysia.”

Only then would it be very clear what Umno’s stand is. Otherwise, it would only be dithering without being specific.

If Umno has no intention of implementing hudud laws in Malaysia, why is it then goading Pas to implement hudud? Why is it provoking Pas on this issue?

Mustapa stated that “although the laws had been passed by the Kelantan state assembly in 1993, they were still in the ‘implantation’ stages and were not enforced”.

Surely he must know some facts and a little bit of Malaysian history. The Kelantan assembly passed the hudud laws in response to Tun Dr Mahathir’s challenge to the Pas government to implement the hudud laws. He even promised to amend the Federal Constitution to enable the Pas government to implement the hudud laws.

But when the Pas government went ahead and passed these laws, Mahathir did not honourably keep his word. He went back on his promise: he backtracked; he did not have the courage or the integrity to be faithful to his pledge.

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But that was history. But what is the reality today?

Pas, to its credit, had moved away from the Islamic state and the hudud laws by adopting an inclusive philosophy which reaches out to every Malaysian. They have adopted, as a matter of policy, what is termed as a ‘benevolent state’, which addresses the needs of the poor, the marginalised, the voiceless and the helpless. For simplicity – but erroneously – it is commonly termed as a ‘welfare state’.

This shift is commendable. Instead of lauding this development in Pas, Umno is attempting to push Pas into hudud territory. What is your game, Umno? Shame on you that you cannot, unlike Pas, change for the better!

In the meantime, the MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and his cohorts should stop baying like a pack of wolves on the hudud issue when they are unable to persuade Umno to state positively that hudud will not be implemented in Malaysia. Do that first; then you can take everybody else to task on the hudud issue.

He realistically claims that if “Pas were to amend the Federal Constitution to suit its religious teachings, then all Muslim members of parliament would have to support it.

“He said the situation would be similar to when Pas amended the state Constitution in Terengganu – all Umno assemblymen there had to support it.”

His memory of history is much better than that of Mustapa’s! The simple question actually is whether Umno will support or oppose the implementation of hudud laws.

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As long as Umno remains ambivalent on the hudud issue, MCA should not be aiming its guns at others who have stated their position very clearly.

Can Soi Lek give us an honest answer as to why the Terengganu state government under the Barisan Nasional has not repealed the Islamic Criminal Enactment, passed by Pas in 2002, when it ruled Terengganu state! Umno has had eight years (since it recaptured Terengganu in 2004) to prove its sincerity but has done nothing!

This is a test case for Soi Lek. Get the BN to repeal this enactment in Terengganu. If he can display the moral courage so sorely needed and demand without any hesitation that Umno should immediately repeal this enactment, only then has he the right to talk about the dangers of hudud laws.

Ralph Waldo Emerson would say, “Go put your creed into your deed.”

P Ramakrishnan, the immediate past president of Aliran, now serves on the Aliran executive committee.

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Abdul Hamid
Abdul Hamid
30 Aug 2012 5.16pm

As an entity which look at Islam and it’s adherents as a group of lost souls who did not understand the teachings of Islam itself, Aliran an hijacked supposedly do gooder group of supposedly intellectuals individuals dare to challenge United MALAYS National Organization group or in plain word Muslim Malays to state their (Malay Muslims)stand on a ruling stated by ALLAH (FYI: our Muslim God) in the Holy Quran! Either aliran is naive or just plain stupid or just hate-mongering to come up with such a challenge needs further scrutiny. As it is, you were asking a professed Muslims be they UMNO,PAS, PKR or even DAP supporters of their acceptance of faith in the religion of Islam. It is so sad when some people dare to step into the domain of others where even the devils tried to sidestep! Do think with the brain in your big head rather than thinking using your big toe! If aliran really is in the mood to condemn the present government do it with some finesse and spare the whole Muslim ummah from your bigotary Muslim bashing! …but then you… Read more »

najib manaukau
30 Aug 2012 1.11pm

The scumbags … in Umno and all the partners in BN will never in a million years, if they can hang on to power that long, implement hudud laws in Malaysia. (Many) of them (could) be without arms and legs and most of all (could) be in jail for their life time. It (would) be because … (they could) be the first to be found guilty of the hudud laws. (They would) be in jail for more than two years that would have disqualified them from politics. A good example will be the leader of MCA for his actions in the pornographic show in the hotel and (a certain person’s) performance in Port Dickson or … involvement in the mongolian woman’s demise. So it is simple logic that they will be the first to object on the implementation of hudud law in Malaysia. They are giving the mixture of the Malaysian population as an excuse and when it comes to other policies the populations ration is never being taken into account. May be it is the implementation of hudud laws that will resolve all the shambles… Read more »