Hudud okay but Pas should focus on economy and education, and not on petty issues.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Pas supporters congress supports the implementation of Hudud in Kelantan as the Syariah criminal law was part of Islam.
In the past congress president Hu Pang Chow was opposed to Hudud and had stated that talks about Hudud by Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat was like selling ice cubes on a rainy day.
Asked on his sudden change of mind, Hu told The Mole: “Hudud is part of Islam so the question of whether one supports the law should not arise. The non-Muslim community in Kelantan have no issue with the Pas governance and Islamic law implementations in the state.’’
“The Pas-led state government’s enforcement of its law in the state since it won big in the 1990 general elections does not seem to affect Kelantan’s non-Muslim community," Hu explained.
Previously the congress had publicly opposed Pas Kelantan’ intention to implement Hudud in the state.
Pas has been implementing some of its Islamic laws including the separation of men and women in supermarkets, having separate benches for both gender’s and limiting entertainment outlets.
Hu, who is aspiring to contest in the next general elections under Pas' banners, has however expressed concerns that the implementation of Hudud could scare non-Muslims away from Pas.
“Will Hudud bring justice to the Muslims and will they be happy with its implementation? The law may be 'too Islamist' and could scare away non-Muslims support for Pas in the future.’’
Hu felt Pas Kelantan should be concentrating more on important issues such as economy and education instead of focusing on petty issues.
“Recently, a non-Muslim employer was fined RM200 by the Kota Bharu Municipal Council for allowing a Muslim employee to work without wearing a tudung (head scarf).’’
“One will hear about events like this on a daily basis in Kelantan, rather than being too focused on Islamic affairs, the party should be more concerned with issues affecting the community," Hu added.