PETALING JAYA - PAS' insistence that hudud laws will not affect non-Muslims is an example of the injustices to come, said MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Ti Lian Ker.
He said by insisting that hudud laws would not affect non-Muslims, PAS was disrespecting the views of non-Muslims in the country.
"PAS' sweeping statement that hudud laws will not affect non-Muslims is an example of the injustices to come if they are allowed to be implemented," Ti said in a statement in response to the PAS-led Kelantan government's statement that the state would implement hudud laws as early as next year.
Stressing that it would affect both Muslims and non-Muslims in the country, he said: "Any form of legal system will affect both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
"Haven't the decisions to impose gender segregation in public places and prevent hairstylists from attending to customers of the opposite gender affected the non-Muslim community in Kelantan?"
He said hudud laws were also open to "abuse and exploitation by human flaws and weaknesses".
Ti urged DAP to publicly state its stand on the issue.
"PAS' rise to power was only accomplished through DAP's whitewashing of the party to the Chinese community. As such, DAP must bear responsibility if the country loses its multi-culturalism," he added.
Gerakan Youth denounced PAS' claim that non-Muslims would not be affected by the implementation of hudud laws as "a blatant lie".
Its chief Tan Keng Liang said non-Muslims would be affected despite the assurances by PAS. "What will happen if a crime involves a Muslim and a non-Muslim? Which law would apply in determining the case?" he asked.
Tan said the implementation would create two systems of criminal laws in the country, leading to a constitutional crisis.
"The Federal Constitution does not contain any provision for hudud laws, and such laws were not agreed on when the country was formed," he said.
Tan slammed DAP and PKR, PAS' partners in Pakatan Rakyat, for their continued silence over the issue.
"We urge Lim Kit Siang and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to make their stand on the matter," he said, adding that Gerakan Youth would bring the issue to court if PAS insists on implementing hudud laws.