DAP is giving a conditional support to it ‘Pakatan Rakyat’ alliance, PAS in the upcoming Jan 17 Kuala Terengganu by-election news report suggested.

Karpal Singh who is DAP chairman said the party never been inconsistent in its stance against the introduction of Hudud and Qisas laws because it went against the provisions in the Federal Constitution.

“The DAP will support a PAS candidate for the Jan 17 Kuala Terengganu by-election only if the Islamist party does not pursue its agenda for an Islamic state with hudud and qisas laws”, Karpal said, quoted The Star online.

According to The Star on Dec 23, Karpal had also released a statement reminding that a five-man Supreme Court panel, led by former Lord President Tun Salleh Abbas, had made a judicial pronouncement in 1988 that Malaysia was a secular state, not an Islamic one, according to the Constitution.

“Following my statement, (PAS vice-chairman) Datuk Husam Musa retracted his statement unconditionally. I stated that with the retraction, DAP would support the PAS candidate for the Kuala Terengganu by-election,” he said in a statement on Monday, reports the national daily.