HULU SELANGOR - The prospect of Pakatan Rakyat splitting over PAS' hudud - as hinted by DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang - could become a reality, said UMNO vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Such a split, he said, was inevitable as both DAP and PKR had expressed strong opposition to the move by PAS.
"I am not surprised at what was hinted by Kit Siang. It will happen as the proposed implementation of PAS' hudud was strongly objected to by their late chairman Karpal Singh.
"Even PKR vice-president Tian Chua stated this in his blog and his sentiments are shared by Muslim MPs in his party," he said after visiting the family of former Hulu Bernam asssemblyman, the late Datuk Mohamed Idris Abu Bakar, in Kelumpang, here, yesterday.
In a statement on Sunday, Lim said that if PAS' hudud became a major issue, Pakatan might go the way of the previous Barisan Alternatif.
DAP withdrew from Barisan Alternative - the forerunner to Pakatan - after PAS refused to give up its dream of forming an Islamic state. It was disbanded after the 2004 general election.
Even PAS members, pointed out Dr Ahmad Zahid, were divided over the issue.
"DAP and PKR's opposition (to hudud) will further alienate PAS within Pakatan," he said, adding that the Islamist party would have "to work hard and smart" to convince and win support from non-Muslim MPs in the group should it push for a Private Member's Bill in Parliament for the implementation of PAS' hudud in Kelantan.
MIC's Hulu Selangor MP P. Kamalanathan said although the split would eventually come about, DAP would "play up the drama" to placate its own members.
"They will only talk about it and not walk the talk as this is merely pure drama by DAP," he said.
If DAP was sincere about its opposition to PAS' hudud, Kamalanathan said, it should pull out of Pakatan before the tabling of the Bill next month.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is expected to move the Bill in the Dewan Rakyat to pave the way for PAS' hudud to be implemented in Kelantan.
The proposal has been strongly opposed by DAP, which is PAS' ally in Pakatan, and Barisan Nasional parties, including MCA, MIC and Gerakan.
On April 24, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Federal Government had never rejected the implementation of PAS' hudud but that there were loopholes which needed to be addressed before this could be done.