KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 ― PAS cannot remain in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) after Kelantan passed the hudud amendment bill today as the Islamist party has “betrayed” the pact, DAP lawmaker Gobind Singh Deo said today. The DAP national legal bureau chairman said PAS Kelantan’s action was a deal breaker and that the DAP will meet Monday to discuss its future with the Islamist party. “PR cannot as a matter of principle maintain ties with PAS as they have shown scant if not little or no regard for its common policy framework,” Gobind said in a statement. “The DAP will meet to discuss its future with PAS next Monday and I will certainly put forward my views on the matter which is that we cannot [do] any more work with PAS,” added Gobind, who is also Puchong MP.
The Kelantan legislative assembly passed earlier today amendments to the Shariah Criminal Code II 1993, despite repeated objections from PAS’ PR allies, the DAP and PKR. The hudud enactment now states that it applies only to Muslims, amending a previous provision allowing non-Muslims to choose to be judged in the Shariah courts. Gobind said the DAP had entered the PR alliance with PAS and PKR by relying on the common policy framework which did not include hudud law. “PAS has openly demonstrated that they cannot be trusted. They have betrayed not only the DAP but more importantly all those who voted for PAS believing in the common policy framework of PR.
“It is therefore now untenable for us to remain in any relationship with PAS after their tabling of this bill in Kelantan and their clear intention to pursue it further in Parliament,” he said. Gobind said PR must keep its promise to the people and take action against PAS in order to restore Malaysians’ confidence. “If it doesn’t, then PR can expect a most serious backlash from its supporters in the next general election,” he added. The Islamist party plans to table two private members’ bills in Parliament to enable Kelantan to implement the Islamic criminal justice system.