PAS will implement “hudud” laws if the Pakatan Rakyat coalition takes over the administration of the country in a general election, according to party vice-president Datuk Husam Musa.

He reiterated the party’s pledge to implement the laws at a discourse on political transformation in Malaysia here last night after fellow panelist and Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin challenged him to state the party’s stand on the matter which he claimed had waned after the general election in March this year.

The other panelist, besides Husam and Khairy, was International Islamic University (UIA) law lecturer Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari at the discourse chaired by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) political science lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff.

Husam, however, said the responsibility of implementing hudud laws should be shouldered not only by PAS but by all Muslims, particularly their leaders.

“Why must (implementation of) hudud laws be the agenda of PAS when all (Muslims) must be responsible for them?” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Abdul Aziz said it was the responsibility of the federal government to implement hudud laws if the state governments did not want to implement them.

“The criminal laws come under the jurisdiction of the federal government and not under that of the state governments,” he said.