According to Bernama (below), PAS president reveals plan to introduce Hudud law in Kedah.
This is the message from Dr Syed Azman: “I was at the Dato Sri Hadi PC. It was reported by the mainstream media with bad faith. Nothing was said about Hudud in Kedah to that extent. Please inform all parties to be extra alert of the effort to split the opposition.”
We will need to listen to any recording of the PC to know what exactly had been said and what was distorted. Between the mainstream media and Dr Syed Azman whom I know personally, I would prefer to trust the latter more.
However, the only way to show that PAS is not going to the old way is for PAS to promise local elections in Kedah.
PAS Plans To Implement Hudud In Kedah
March 09, 2008 20:45 PM
KOTA BAHARU, March 9 (Bernama) — PAS leaders plan to introduce Hudud
(Islamic) criminal law in Kedah to become part of the state laws, despite
the same move made in Kelantan and Terengganu before had sparked controversy
as it ran contrary to the Federal Constitution.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the Kelantan state’s
administration and management would be adopted for Kedah.
“This will be within the legal ambit of the state (Kedah) government,” he
told reporters after chairing a PAS central committee meeting here today.
The opposition front in Kedah won 21 out of the 36 state seats in
yesterday’s general election, enabling them to form the new state
government, with PAS obtaining 16 seats, PKR four and DAP one compared with
Barisan Nasional (BN)’s 14. One seat was won by an independent candidate.
Out of the 15 parliamentary seats in Kedah, PAS won six, PKR five and BN
four. The opposition front also captured Selangor, Perak and Penang in
PAS’ earlier plans to implement Hudud was met with strong opposition from
various quarters as criminal law covering rape, theft, robbery, murder and
many other offences, comes under the jurisdiction of the federal government
and not state governments.
So far, the Kelantan PAS government has only managed to pass the Hudud law
and include it in the state’s law but has not implemented or enforced it.
Abdul Hadi said to pass the Hudud law, PAS must have a two-third majority in
the State Legislative Assembly.
Asked whether the Kedah government would ban entertainment outlets that sell
liquor, discotheques and gambling outlets, he said PAS would discuss matters
related to cultural and religious practices with its partners in the
opposition front, namely DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
Abdul Hadi said the PAS central leadership had agreed to ask the Kedah
government to appoint two non-Muslim executive councillors, through whom the
non-Muslim communities could convey their needs and problems to the state
“Meanwhile, we will cooperate with the federal government in the
implementation of the Northern Corridor Economic Region development
“We will support what is good for the people, like the development
programmes, but will reject negative things for the people,” he said.