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Kit Siang ‘Disappointed’ With Passed Amendment To Hudud Law

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DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang has expressed his disappointment with the move by the Pas-led Kelantan government to pass amendments to its hudud law, despite strong opposition from Pakatan allies DAP and PKR.

Lim reiterated that the Kelantan state legislative assembly’s move to unanimously approve amendments to its Shariah Criminal Enactment (II) 1993 was in clear contradiction of Pakatan’s common policy framework.

“I am disappointed. We will review the fact that what happened is against the Pakatan leadership council’s decision and common policy framework,” he said when met at Parliament today.

“As a result of that, there is a question of being sincere, loyal and truthful to our common policy framework – a basis we have operated on for the last seven years.

Without elaborating further, the veteran politician said the DAP leadership would hold a meeting on Monday to review its future with Pakatan.

“Wait until Monday (before we reach a decision). There will be those who advocate that we have reached the point of no return, but we will have to wait and see,” the Gelang Patah member of parliament said.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke said the party would review the move by the Kelantan government in passing amendments to its Islamic penal code.

“I do not want to pre-empt any decisions, but we are looking at various possibilities. We need to take a firm stand on the move by Pas,” he said.

Responding to Kelantan’s Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah’s remark on Wednesday that only a simple majority in Parliament is needed to implement hudud in the east coast state, Loke insisted that a supermajority was required.

“Of course, we have a different opinion on that. We do not agree with that particular statement. You still need to amend the Federal Constitution to implement hudud.

“Hudud will not be implemented if it’s anything less than a two-thirds majority,” he said, adding that DAP would not support the Islamic party should it bring a private member’s bill on hudud to Parliament in May.

“They will not get the support of DAP and they will not get a two-thirds majority. In fact, there was no agreement in Pakatan for Pas to table a private member’s bill in May.

“Pas had agreed that any decision to do so must receive the approval of the Pakatan leadership council,” he stressed.

Amar said a simple majority of 112 votes in Parliament was needed to amend a law governing the punishments meted out by shariah courts, and not the Federal Constitution.

There are 126 Muslim MPs in Parliament. PAS has 21 seats, its opposition allies PKR and DAP 16 and two respectively, and the ruling Barisan Nasional, 87.

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