DAP Parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang need not repeat the familiar phrase that DAP is against having PAS hudud law in Malaysia as they are merely said for self-gratification.
If he really is sincere in settling DAP’s differences with PAS over hudud, the solution is simple; he and DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng must use their influence to urge other Pakatan leaders to issue a joint statement saying that PAS has abandoned its theocratic state and hudud law agenda, and the amendment of the PAS party constitution to fit this joint statement.
Although Kit Siang has issued statements saying that PAS hudud law is not part of Pakatan’s common policy, yet we still see the enforcement of certain Islamic policies such as the ban on the sale of lottery tickets and the separation of men and women in cinemas in Kelantan, as well as the demolition of the pig abbatoir and the implementation of the 50% Bumi housing quota policy in Kedah.
Are all these part of Pakatan’s common policy? If it is not, then why is DAP keeping silent and stepping aside quietly to allow PAS to implement these policies uninhibited?
Agree to disagree – anything wrong with that?
Kelantan Menteri Besar Dato’ Nik Abdul Aziz has repeatedly said that PAS seeks to fulfill its ultimate ambition of establishing a theocratic state and implementing hudud law, and not matter how many times DAP opposes them, this stand will not change. PKR de facto leader Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim has also implied his agreement towards having hudud law.
Thus it is painfully obvious that DAP voices its opposition towards hudud and claiming that having PAS hudud law is not part of Pakatan’s common policy, in reality they are subservient to PAS.
Besides that, PAS has also repeatedly said that they will not change their ambition simply because DAP opposes it. Thus to cover up this infighting, all DAP can do is to say that Pakatan parties have “agreed to disagree”
Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who during his 22-year tenure had been responsible for ensuring that PAS-led Kelantan could not pass its Hudud bill enactment, has now invited the Islamic party to join hands with UMNO to implement the Islamic penal code.
According to Harakahdaily, Mahathir’s condition is that PAS leaves Pakatan Rakyat, the coalition led by his nemesis Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. Many analysts rate the Pakatan as having a real chance to wrest the federal government from the BN in the next general election which is widely expected to be held within the next few months.
“UMNO will ensure a fully compliant Islamic state if PAS has a big heart to join UMNO. Other Islamic countries are also putting hope on Malaysia, but there are still people wanting to split the Muslims. That’s why our goal is not achieved,” Malay daily Sinar Harian had quoted Mahathir as saying.
The former UMNO president had once threatened to impose emergency in the form of ‘Mageran’ (National Operation Council) on Kelantan if the state went ahead and implemented hudud on Muslims convicted of serious crimes.
Mahathir had also previously remarked that if hudud laws were implemented, there would be many Muslims without limbs. He labeled the laws which include beheading, stoning to death, whipping as well as amputation of limbs as being outdated, adding that the Islamic laws’ requirement for solid evidence and witnesses meant it could not be applied in the modern context.
Willing to bypass all the other races & religions
Mahathir’s backtracking has put a cat among the pigeons. While it may rile DAP leaders, it also challenges non-Muslim component parties in the BN such as the MCA, MIC, Gerakan and the Christian-majority East Malaysian parties.
However, Pakatan leaders say it is the Muslims in PAS that Mahathir is really targeting.
“I think Mahathir has just told PAS members that if they really want hudud and an Islamic state, they should join hands with UMNO. This is the fastest way for PAS to have a realistic chance to get the two-thirds majority in Parliament it needs to pass hudud,” PKR vice president Chua Jui Meng told Malaysia Chronicle.
“It is also a most unethical statement as usual from Dr M. It suggests that he and UMNO are willing to bypass the non-Malays in the governing of this country. To retain power, UMNO is willing to shut out all the other races and all the other religions to form a monopoly with PAS. Of course, PKR is confident that PAS will rebuff such an underhanded move.”
Unlike UMNO and despite pressure from Pakatan partner DAP, PAS has never wavered from publicly stating hudud as one of its ultimate aspirations along with the creation of a ‘true’ Islamic state as the Muslim religion is its raison d’etre.
Nonetheless, party leaders from president Hadi Awang to Spiritual Adviser Nik Aziz Nik Mat have assured that any implementation of hudud would affect only Muslims and pledged they would respect the Federal Constitution, which means that they accept they will have to wait until they managed to swing the necessary majority in Parliament required to get the Bill passed.
“We are either Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs or others. Islam celebrates religious plurality and acknowledges the ‘claim of exclusivity to its belief and teachings’ and accords a respect to the ‘absolutist doctrine’ of all transcendental religions,” PAS strategist and MP for Kuala Selangor Dzulkefly Ahmad said in a recent blog posting entitled A political contest beyond Hudud.
“And the bottom-line is, we are all Malaysians by way of belonging to one nation called Malaysia. Yes that is the identity we all share and cherish together, to have a nation worthy of our love, respect and sacrifice.
A political analyst had also told Harakahdaily that Mahathir’s latest remark showed that UMNO was in “serious trouble” in winning the hearts and minds of Muslims.
“Mahathir did not want to see hudud implemented at all cost when he was in power with two third majority for 22 years. Now he says he wants.
“He is just capitalising on the growing anger against DAP’s Karpal Singh to solidify Malay votes for UMNO, which he knows is faced with a historic defeat. The party is in serious trouble,” she added.
The UMNO-owned media has been involved in a campaign to portray DAP as being anti-Islam following Karpal’s remarks opposing PAS’s plan to implement hudud law on Muslims. The campaign includes a statement by a little-known Muslim preacher in Kelantan who declared that it is haram (illicit) for Muslims to vote for DAP.
Critics have lashed out at the so-called ‘pondok fatwa’ (Islamic ruling from a small-time cleric), pointing out that by the same logic, Muslims should also not vote for candidates from MCA and Gerakan which have strongly opposed any form of Islamic laws.
Loh Seng Kok is a Member of MCA Central Committee & Presidential Council
MCA is in the federal government so it should remember that they are voted to speak out for the rakyat and put thingss right for the nation and the people.not to rob and plunder the nation and suppress and oppress the common people. Thats why common voters including me HATE MCA to the core..
MCA IS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SO IT SHOULD REMEMBER THAT THEY ARE VOTED TO SPEAK OUT FOR THE RAKYAT AND PUT THINGSS RIGHT FOR THE NATION AND THE PEOPLE.NOT TO ROB AND PLUNDER THE NATION AND SUPPRESS AND OPPRESS THE COMMON PEOPLE. THATS WHY COMMON VOTERS INCLUDING ME HATE MCA TO THE CORE..
Why am I angry? MCA is nothing but a tool and a decor piece for big brother (and that is UMNO)!
Did they fight on behalf of the rakyat (people) or the political bully (UMNO)? Look at the MCA’s failures and actions.
1. Failure to get United Chinese School Examination (UCE) recognized.
2. Failure to settle the PKFZ issue.
3. Failure to condemn corruption and rent seeking in general.
4. Failure to said even a word when Teoh and othgers died in custody.
5. Failure to oppose negotiated tender at the national level. The hypocrites make lots of noise that no Chinese got DID contract in Penang.
6. Failure to oppose all the rent seeking projects, IPP’s, IWK, Syabas, highways.
7. Failure to condemn public land grab.
8. Failure to use MCA paper for transparency, but instead using it for propaganda.
9. Failure to condemn Utusan.
10. Failure to condemn Ibrahim himself.
11. Failure to response to Nazri’s comment that MCA is like an abused wife.
12. Failure to get scholarship for the many deserving and in need.
13. Failure to speak out against Christian bashing during the Allah issue.
14. Failure to support Bersih for a clean, free and fair elections, and instead took to lying (Tung Shin hospital) and apple polishing big brother.
15. Failure to speak out again AP’s and Proton. Both increase the costs of cars for all Malaysians.
16. Failure to advise Namewee, whose fault was using vulgar language to condemn racist principals.
17. Failure to speak out against the NFC scandal, of which MCA has a deputy minister.
18. Failure to speak out for the rakyat on the case of the Scorpene deal.
19. Threaten to withdraw from all government positions, if they get less seats than 2008.
20. Supporting all policies, even if they hurt the rakyat, as long as they get a share of the cake, perhaps some crumps will do.
21. Supporting football betting, just because his boss wants it, falsely claiming it to be non-Malay right. (It may be good for one Chinese, but what about the thousands who will suffer as a result.)
22. Supporting the Evidence Act, OSA, ISA, PPPA, EA and other repressive laws.
23. Supporting the man made water and electricity crisis in Selangor.
24. Supporting and maybe profiting from all the speed traps set up all along the highway. (We support speed trap as deterrence, not profit.)
25. Supporting hudud in Trengganu and Kelantan when it was passed in the state assembly. What hypocrites!
26. Becoming the tool of a political bully, by supporting blindly, (“through thick and thin”).
Consequently, I tend to feel MCA = Malaysian Company of Accomplices
By decree, Chua Soi Leg will now be known as Hudud Chua while Chua Tai Yeong will be Talam Chua.. Easy to remember…..
Organisers did not lose control on protesters during the Bersih 3.0 demonstration yesterday, insisted Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.
The violence that ensued, said Ambiga, only happened after police decided to fire teargas on protesters.
But some researchers have blamed the Umno-led counter-procession that began at the residence of then Selangor mentri besar Datuk Harun Idris for the violence.A conspiracy theory explains an event as being the result of an alleged plot by a covert group or organization or, more broadly, the idea that important political, social or economic events are the products of secret plots that are largely unknown to the general publi
“Bersih condemns any act of violence by any quarters. I would say the 250,000 people yesterday came in peace and did not come for violence.
“All purported acts of violence only took place after teargas was fired. Until then, we had full control of the situation before it all went awry,” she said.
Soiled Dick Licky give up your position in MCA (Must Come Again) lah and lick me. Remember the old times? This time we change hotels so it’s harder to take pictures of us. And don’t worry about hudud, my darling. The DAP has strong principles and an equal voice in Pakatan, unlike your spineless party, my darling. Always sucking up to Najis. The only thing you should be sucking is between my legs, darling.
least DAP, have the same strength in PAKATAN where else MCA got to wag its tales to big brother UMNO, for the little crumbs they beg for, these little mca fellas will not and cannot do much for the communities they claim to represent, they threatened to have no representation in the government if they fail to achieve more seats next seat, again so what?, even if they win more seat, they still needs to wag their tails to big brothers in Umno.meaning, hands & legs of the government, have no respect for MCA. One example, in December 2006, one of my relatives went to Selangor Education office in Shah Alam, applied for transfer of school for his son, submitted all the relevent documents together with a support letter from the previous MP for PJ Utara, Chew Mei Fun. The senior officer then, refused to open and read the support letter from MP Chew Mei Fun and told my relative that “tak payah baca lah. Kalau surat dari Hishamiddin (the former Education Minister), baru bolih. Ini surat lu mahu kah tak mahu. kalau tak mahu, saya buang”. Image, how these government altitude towards an elected MP from the ruling party.
|A mentally unstable homeless man was beaten to death before his body was set on fire for allegedly burning pages from the Quran in central Pakistan, police said.|
A 2,000-person group snatched the man from a police station in a village on the outskirts of the city of Bahawalpur, 100km south of Multan, after officials refused to hand him over on Tuesday.
Ghulam Mohiuddin, a local police chief, said Ghulam Abbas, in his early forties, was taken into custody after people said they caught him burning pages of the Muslim holy book.
"After some time, more than 2,000 people surrounded the police station and asked the police to hand over the man to them, and upon refusal they ransacked the police station and took the accused with them," Mohiuddin told the AFP news agency.
"The protesters also set fire to several motorcycles and vehicles parked in the police station and damaged the quarters of police officials. Later they took away Ghulam Abbas to a main crossing, beat him to death and set his body on fire."
He said the man was mentally unstable and "was not aware of even the location of his residence".
Ahmed Ishaq Jahangir, district police chief, told the AFP news agency that the mob was too much for the police to handle after some in the group incited others to take action.
The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has demanded an inquiry into the killing.
"HRCP... strongly condemns not only the burning to death of a man in Bahawalpur, who had been accused of desecrating pages of the Koran, but also the authorities' failure to prevent a horrendous crime that was not at all unexpected," the group said.
Amnesty International has also condemned the killing, saying the failure of authorities in the Punjab to bring the perpetrators to justice will send a message that "anyone can commit outrageous abuses and attempt to excuse them as defence of religious sentiments".
Pakistan's anti-blasphemy laws make defaming Islam or the Prophet Mohammed, or desecrating the Quran, punishable by death.
The London-based rights group also called for the reformation of the laws, which they said were vaguely formulated and have led to vigilantism, particularly in the Punjab.
The laws must be reformed "to ensure they cannot be used maliciously to settle disputes or enable private citizens to take matters into their own hands," an Amnesty statement issued on Thursday read.
Former Punjab governor Salman Taseer was shot dead in January last year by one of his police bodyguards for opposing the tough laws.
In June another mob attacked a police station north of Quetta demanding a man detained for allegedly burning a Quran, with the incident leaving one protester dead and 19 wounded.
Yousuf Raza Gilani told reporters in the capital, Islamabad, that he has no intention of amending the law, which calls for the death penalty for anyone who insults the Prophet Muhammad.
Gilani made the announcement on Sunday after speaking to the leader of one of the country's largest religious parties.
"I spoke to Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman on the phone. He asked whether we are making any amendments to the law," Gilani said.
"I have said it categorically before, and then the minister of religious affairs also gave a clarification that the government has no such intention."
His comments came just hours after tens of thousands of people turned out for a rally organised by Pakistan's religious parties in Karachi on Sunday.
Speakers at the rally warned the government against making any changes to the law, while others condoned the murder of Punjab governor Taseer.
"Our belief in the sanctity of our prophet is firm and uncompromising and we cannot tolerate anyone who blasphemes. Whoever blasphemes will face the same fate as Salman Taseer."
Taseer was killed in the capital, Islamabad, last Tuesday over his views in favour of the blasphemy law's amendment. That liberal stance offended the country's increasingly powerful conservative religious base.
Meanwhile, the hunt for Taseer's replacement as Punjab governor continued, with Pakistani media reporting that a new appointment could be announced later on Monday.
Sardar Latif Khosa, Pakistan's former attorney-general and a member of parliament, is the front-runner for the job.
The country's blasphemy law was recently used to sentence Asia Bibi, a Christian mother-of-five, to death. Politicians and conservative religious leaders have been at loggerheads over whether Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan's president, should pardon her.
Controversy over the law flared when Sherry Rehman, a former information minister and a senior PPP member, tabled a bill in November seeking to end the death penalty for blasphemy.
Most of those convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan have their sentences overturned or commuted on appeal through the courts.
Pakistan has yet to execute anyone for blasphemy, but Bibi's case has exposed the deep fault-lines in the conservative country.
Sunday's protesters held banners in support of the police commando who shot dead Taseer. "Mumtaz Qadri is not a murderer, he is a hero," said one banner in the national Urdu language.
"We salute the courage of Qadri," said another.
Omar Waraich, Pakistan correspondent for the UK's Independence newspaper, told Al Jazeera the rally was a "display of muscle".
"This is a muscle-flexing exercise by the religious right in Pakistan who, after the tragic events of this week when Salman Taseer was assassinated, they feel emboldened by the fact that there have been many cheering that tragedy and are now out to make political capital out of it."