Wednesday August 29, 2012
PAS intensifies push for hudud
By MARTIN CARVALHO
PETALING JAYA: PAS is intensifying its push for the implementation of hudud law with more of its senior leaders coming out to say it is on their agenda.
They said that it is no longer a question of whether hudud should be implemented but how it is to be enforced.
More than that, the leaders hope the non-Muslims would accept Islamic law in due course.
Kelantan PAS deputy commissioner Datuk Mohd Nik Amar Nik Abdullah said: “Although only applicable to Muslims, it will be ideal if non-Muslims one day accept hudud and Islam jurisprudence towards the creation of a just society.”
Mohd Nik Amar, who is also a PAS central committee member, maintained that hudud would remain the clarion call of the party.
PAS national unity bureau chairman Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said there should not be any dispute over hudud.
“It is not whether hudud is right or wrong but how it can be implemented in a broader context to encompass Islamic principles of good governance,” he said.
“Not all Muslims may agree with hudud but I believe the majority of Muslims in the country want to see it implemented after seeing the failure of secular laws in dealing with crime,” he added.
On the opposition of the DAP to hudud, Dr Mujahid, who is Penang PAS deputy commissioner, said no party in Pakatan Rakyat could force its views on another.
“As much as they cannot force us to abandon our ideals, we also cannot force them to accept ours,” he said.
The assertions on hudud came a day after PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu was quoted as saying that the party would propose constitutional amendments in Parliament to implement Islamic law if it forms the Federal Government.
He later denied making the statement to Sin Chew Daily.
In a related development, Terengganu PAS Youth chief Mohd Nor Hamzah said that hudud would be implemented in the state if the party captured it.
Perak PAS Dewan Ulama chief Noz Azli Musa, meanwhile, said that the party had always been fighting for hudud and would continue to strive for it.