Don't do it to score political points, PAS told

PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang revealed that the Pakatan Supreme Council has agreed to the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.

PETALING JAYA - While the PAS hudud proposal is strongly opposed by Barisan Nasional component parties like MCA, Gerakan and SUPP, several Umno MPs have also expressed reservations about it.

Titiwangsa MP Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said PAS should convince its Pakatan partners to support the move before tabling the Private Member's Bill in Parliament.

He said the implementation of PAS' hudud should be done in accordance with Islam and should not be about scoring political points with the Malay voters.

"If they do not agree with PAS, I suggest that PAS leave Pakatan. We will discuss with all Umno MPs on whether we should support the Bill or otherwise. We do not want PAS to use the issue for its political interest," he said.

Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said felt PAS' hudud Bill would be unfair to all Malaysians.

"Hudud is God's law and it is about prevention (of crime).

"What will happen if the criminals involved are both Muslim and non-Muslim. There will be some form of double standards if they are punished in different ways.

"However, I believe that if we are a fully Muslim country, then PAS' hudud can be implemented," she said.

Barisan Backbenchers Club chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Samad said it was too early to tell whether Umno MPs would support the PAS' Private Members Bill.

"We are arranging for briefings and discussions for Barisan MPs," he said.

Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said he personally would not vote for the Private Member's Bill if the intention was political and aimed at winning votes in the general election.

He said a referendum should be carried out in PAS-led Kelantan before the state government pushes for the implementation of its hudud law.

He said that it would be unfair for the people of the state if they are not consulted as the law would affect the Muslims and non-Muslims.

"To be fair, even non-Muslims should be consulted despite PAS' claim that the law will only affect the Muslims.

"And they should also have a national referendum on how many Malaysians really want PAS' hudud law to be implemented," he said yesterday.

It was reported that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said that although the Federal Govern­ment had not rejected the implementation of PAS' hudud, there were "loopholes and shortcomings" that must first be addressed before such a law could be implemented.