Betrayed DAP: PAS back-stabbed us

Betrayed DAP: PAS back-stabbed us

PETALING JAYA: D-Day over DAP's fate in Pakatan Rakyat is fast approa­ching, with the party to meet on Monday to decide its future in the grouping after PAS went ahead and tabled the controversial Kelantan amendments to the Syariah Criminal Code II 1993 despite its strong objections.

In a strongly-worded statement that bared the full animosi­ty between the two parties, DAP national organising secretary An­­tho­­ny Loke accused the PAS-led Kelantan government of "back-stabbing" the DAP in tabling the amendments.

Loke described the move as a "betrayal" and an "act of provoca­­tion" aimed at splitting Pa­­katan.

"The DAP objects in the strongest terms the action by Kelantan PAS, which contravenes the decision reached by the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council on March 12," he said.

PAS reportedly presented the proposed amendments to its partners at that meeting but PKR and DAP leaders present were tight-lipped on whether their parties had given their agreement.

The meeting, he said, would "discuss and decide the direction of the DAP with Pakatan Rakyat following this 'back-stabbing' act by Kelantan PAS".

Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ah­­mad Yaakob tabled the amendments to the law at the Kelantan Legislative Assembly yesterday morning, with the session to continue today.

The proposed amendments to se­­ven key criminal offences sought more rotan lashes for apostasy, illicit sexual intercourse, alcohol consumption, making unproven accusations of illicit sex, theft and robbery, causing hurt and murder.

For the law to be enforceable in Kelantan, the Syariah Courts (Cri­­­minal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 and Article 76A(1) of the Federal Constitution have to be amended.

Pakatan was formed on April 1, 2008 with PAS, DAP and PKR agreeing on a common policy platform which did not include the establishment of an Islamic state.

Earlier in 2001, PAS' insistence on setting up an Islamic state soured ties with the DAP, causing it to pull out of the then Barisan Alternatif opposition pact.

Asked whether pulling out would be an option this time, Loke said: "Pakatan will not be able to topple the Barisan Nasional so long as there are 'enemies within' who are always ignoring consensus and who act in accordance with Umno's tune".

"We are looking at various possibilities but of course, current conditions are different from 2001. We need to think of our position in the Selangor government.

"It is not a straight-forward consideration as we also need to look at the bigger picture, which is the survival of Pakatan.

"We are discussing all angles to try to come up with a firm, yet good, decision - not only for DAP but for the country in totality."

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