Monday, April 13, 2015

Hadi didn’t conspire with Umno on hudud, Mustafa Ali tells Kit Siang

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang was wrong to say that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had conspired with Umno in implementing hudud in Kelantan.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali  said a series of discussions between Kelantan and the Federal government on the state’s plans to enforce the Syariah criminal laws was nothing political.
“It is not right for him to say that. It’s a G2G (government to government) discussion. Nothing political about it,” he said after attending a PAS central committee meeting, here Monday.

In a statement on Sunday, Lim said Hadi should have at least informed Pakatan Rakyat of his party’s interest in working with Umno, instead of constantly blaming its disagreements with DAP and PKR.

The Gelang Patah MP said this while referring to Hadi’s statement that was reported as saying that PAS should accept Umno’s gesture to support hudud as “honest” and that it was not up to them to decide otherwise.

Hadi said only Allah could determine Umno’s sincerity in wanting to help Kelantan enact the Islamic penal code, and whether or not the party has ulterior motives did not matter as long as it helped PAS achieve its objective.

Kelantan, led by Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob, also had a series of discussions with the Federal government in a joint technical committee, consisting of religious authorities along with the police and the Prisons Department.

PAS vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, who was also present at the press conference, said it was a must to discuss with the Federal government.

“Of course we have to speak to them, because hudud implementation involves the police and the prisons and these bodies fall under the federal government’s purview,” he said.

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