Allow debate in Malaysia Parliament

Allow debate in Malaysia Parliament
PAS candidate Ahmad Fathan Mahmood with Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob and deputy Menri Besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Amar Abdullah.

PETALING JAYA - Despite mounting criticism over hudud, PAS wants Parliament to break the deadlock by allowing the issue to be debated in the House, says Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Amar Nik Abdullah.

"DAP does not have to agree, but it should not stop us from raising it. If they (MPs) say no, we will stop there. There's not going to be a revolution," he said yesterday.

He said if the move to get hudud law failed to be passed, the party would try again when they win more parliamentary seats in future elections.

Nik Amar said PAS was not trying to change the Constitution, adding that it was doing something that was democratic.

"We want to enhance punishments for offences which are already under the current Syariah legislation, such as intoxication and fornication, besides extending this jurisdiction to include murder and theft.

"We understand the concerns of the non-Muslims. But, we reject the notion that hudud could one day be enforced on them.

"That's not our stand. Hudud is not for non-Muslims," he added.

Nik Amar also said not all countries which implemented Islamic law are failed states.

"I understand Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are doing well," he said in response to former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim who had warned that countries with hudud were either failed or failing states and Malaysia should learn from this.

Nik Amar said there should be a greater examination on why failed states were not doing well.

"It may not be because of hudud, but the poor management of the economy. Don't blame hudud," he said.

Nik Amar said PAS wanted to remain in Pakatan Rakyat despite its spat with DAP on hudud.

"We need DAP and PKR just as much as they need us. We are all going to lose if Pakatan breaks up," he said.

Nik Amar's claims that hudud would not affect non-Muslims had been widely disputed and challenged by many parties and interest groups.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had earlier said that the PAS hudud plans had created uneasiness among the people.

The country would have two parallel systems of punishment which would create confusion in the country, he added.

Former Johor DAP deputy chairman Norman Fernandez said Nik Amar should not take non-Muslims as fools with the PAS assurance that hudud would only apply to Muslims.

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