Do all Muslims in Pakatan Rakyat support hudud? (pic by Hussein Shaharuddin)
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said Muslims who wish to join the party must realise the party disapproves the hudud laws and they must respect its stand on it.
When contacted by The Mole today the most senior DAP Malay/Muslim leader said the party had made its stand (on hudud) very clear since day one.
Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim“DAP will not support it. Personally I do not agree with hudud either,” Tunku Abdul Aziz said.
Asked whether any action would be taken against Muslim DAP members who support the implementation of hudud, the Penang senator said it is up to the individual to have their stand on religious matters.
“We cannot stop a DAP member who supports hudud from continuing to do so," he said. "It is their right, if they do not mind being subjected to law.”
When asked whether DAP would stop the idea of hudud implementation within Pakatan Rakyat, Tunku Abdul Aziz said, "we cannot ask Pas to stop with their Islamic principles, and vice-versa.”
Nonetheless he stressed that hudud can never be implemented unless all parties in Pakatan agree to it.
DAP Political Education Director Anthony Loke echoed that opinion, saying if a person is a DAP member he must know what the stand made by the party on hudud is.
“I think all the members, both Muslim and non-Muslim, understand it. So it is a non-issue within the party.”
The controversy over hudud had been extensively debated with many questioning what the actual stand of the DAP on it as its partner Pas, had been claiming that the DAP respected the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.
On the other hand, the DAP had been speaking to their crowd saying that they outrightly oppose the implementation of hudud without making and qualifier that they "respected" its implementation in Kelantan as claimed by Pas.
Few blogs have reported that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has avoided the public debate challenge with MCA Vice-President Senator Gan Ping Sieu on hudud.
Based on Guan Eng's evasiveness, the blogs questioned if the DAP is really serious about opposing the implementation of hudud.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang today has posted in his blog on article written by Pak Sako which said that Pas and DAP's decision is politically-motivated temporary ceasefire.
"It does not resolve the hudud controversy," the article reads.
MCA Youth National Deputy Chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said in a recent statement that the MCA and non-Muslims want to know how the DAP, as partners of Pas in Pakatan Rakyat, can prevent Pas from implementing hudud laws.