MCA and Gerakan should explain support for hudud Bill
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP elder statesman Lim Kit Siang wants MCA President Liow Tiong Lai and Gerakan President Mah Siew Keong to explain whether their parties were supporting Umno and Umno Kelantan State Assemblymen endorsing hudud implementation in Kelantan.
“Noises by their subordinate officials on these issues carry no weight whatsoever.”
Suspicion of such an agreement, he added, has been caused by three developments:
Firstly, the sudden increase in the number of speeches and statements at all levels by MCA and Gerakan leaders on this issue in the past few days;
Secondly, the sudden two-hour meeting of the Barisan Nasional (BN) Supreme Council last Friday night within 24 hours of the death of Tok Guru Nik Aziz on the night of Thursday 12 February, necessitating the holding of a by-election in the Chempaka state constituency; and
Thirdly, a statement by a Umno Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Deputy Umno Youth leader Razali Ismail on Tuesday 17 February that “despite the death of PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Umno will continue to support the Islamic party on the implementation of hudud in Kelantan”.
So, is the stage set for a “big drama” from the BN component parties for next month’s Kelantan State Assembly, with Kelantan Umno State Assemblymen voting in support of hudud implementation in Kelantan, and the fact ignored by MCA and Gerakan leaders and publicists?
Will they concentrate their attacks on DAP and PKR instead and accuse them of “selling out the rights of non-Muslims in Malaysia” because of the PAS Kelantan State Assemblymen and women voting for implementation of hudud in Kelantan?
In the uproar and din of multi-party attacks and counter-attacks, accusations and counter-accusations, the inability of the Kelantan State Assembly to implement hudud unless Parliament authorizes it will be temporarily forgotten, said Lim who is also DAP Parliamentary Leader and Gelang Patah MP.
Lim recalled that the Pakatan Rakyat Leadership Council meeting on Sun 8 February 2015, attended by PKR, DAP and PAS leaders — Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng and Abdul Hadi Awang – unanimously agreed that as hudud and local government issues were outside the PR Common Policy Framework, the two issues would be specifically discussed at the following PR Leadership Council meeting and that no further steps would be taken to pursue these two issues in the meantime.
“That meant that any intention whether to propose an amendment to the hudud enactment in the Kelantan State Assembly or a private member’s bill in Parliament should first be brought to the PR Leadership Council for discussion and decision.”
“This also applies to any proposal to follow-up on local government elections.”
MCA and Gerakan top leaders have also bought into the “unity government” proposal.
It’s the paramount duty and challenge of every PR leader to jointly save PR by adopting an Eight-Year PR Roadmap to reaffirm the secret recipe of the PR success in the 2008 and 2013 general elections, namely adherence to the PR Common Policy Framework which binds all three parties, and the operational principle of consensus requiring the consent of all three parties before any policy issue or decision could be made or changed.
Nik Aziz will be missed greatly, said Lim, especially with the revived campaign orchestrated by Umno strategists for a “unity government” between Umno and PAS reaching a new crescendo. “If Nik Aziz was still alive, there would be no possibility even for a revival of the ‘unity government’ conspiracy, for he was the bulwark in PAS in opposition to it.”
Now, it would appear that MCA and Gerakan top leaders have also bought into the “unity government” proposal of the Umno strategists, as they were persuaded that with Nik Aziz’s death, this is the best gambit to break up Pakatan Rakyat – a two-prong attack with Umno staying out of the Chempaka by-election and Kelantan Umno State Assemblymen giving support to the Kelantan PAS proposal in the Kelantan State Assembly next month for hudud implementation.
The Umno leadership has yet to give a commitment to support a PAS private member’s bill in Parliament, noted Lim, but it has given a commitment that its Kelantan State Assembly persons would support the PAS proposal in the Kelantan State Assembly for hudud implementation.