The DAP has made it clear that it is opposed to PAS’ pledge to implement hudud laws if the opposition coalition takes over the administration of the country.

Its secretary-general, Lim Guan Eng, said the implementation of hudud laws was not included in the Pakatan Rakyat’s manifesto in the March 8 general election.

“The DAP does not agree and definitely opposes the plan,” he told reporters here Monday.

Lim, who is Penang Chief Minister, said he would seek a clarification from Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the matter.

The local media on Monday quoted PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa as saying that PAS had never forgotten its principle to uphold the Islamic administration including implementing the hudud laws.

He said the PAS-led Kelantan had been organising the Hudud Day annually as it could not implement the laws because the ultimate decision rested with the federal government.

Meanwhile, Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said PAS should at least seek the opinions of its allies before making decision on the matter.

“PAS should refer to all the component parties in Pakatan Rakyat. It’s not nice to make the decision by itself,” he said, adding that Husam’s statement was probably his personal stand and not that of the party.

Penang PAS commissioner Salleh Man, however, said that the Penang PAS would adhere to any the decision made by the party leadership.

In KOTA BAHARU, Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said there was no problem for PAS to implement Hudud and Qisas laws because the obstacles lay only in the minds of those who did not understand the laws.

If death penalties could be imposed on drug traffickers, then there should be no problem for the people to accept the hudud laws, which among others, carried the same death penalty for murderers and the cutting of hand for robbers, he said.

“Hudud laws was not created by PAS but by Islamic teachings since the era of Prophet Muhammad. So, it is compulsory for Muslims who administer the country to implement the hudud laws,” he told reporters.

The Kelantan Menteri Besar said PAS leaders like himself could only draft the Hudud and Qisas laws, but the implementation would be judged by the courts based on facts and evidence.

“If the evidence is not sufficient, the judge will not impose the hudud laws on the defendant, just like other laws,” he said.

Asked on the negative feedback from the Pakatan Rakyat component parties, Nik Aziz said PAS was willing to discuss the matter with them.

“If they feel that they cannot accept it, they must have good reasons. Islam allows discussion for all,” he added.

— BERNAMA