Saturday 24 September 2011

Will they never learn?

with thanks to Harris Ibrahim:

September 23, 2011

I am referring to some of the opposition leaders who have responded to Mahathir’s devilish stirring of the old hudud issue, and the stance of the many non-Muslims out there to this ridiculous matter that seems to have gotten so much attention this last two days.

Whoever crafted this piece in Malaysianinsider is absolutely spot on.

I quote : “It is a no-brainer why Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad dredged up the issue of PAS’s pursuit of hudud law in Kelantan“.

In 2002 or 2003, I think, Dr M did the same.Needled PAS to detail their proposed plan for an Islamic state in Terengganu, then under PAS rule.

Hadi bit the bait that Dr M tossed at them.
Came up with their blueprint for their Islamic state in Terengganu.

Kit Siang’s reaction to PAS’s posturing then says it all.
In the 2004 GE, PAS paid the price for falling for Dr M’s ploy : Terengganu went back to BN

Is it not obvious enough that Dr M’s latest salvo on the hudud issue is simply to try to get PAS to feel obliged to defend their ‘Islamic state’ ideal and get DAP to respond with a defence of the secular nation that we are?

Yesterday, FreeMalaysiaToday reported Tok Guru Nik Aziz as describing Mahathir as ‘lucu’ for his latest attempt to drive a wedge between DAP and PAS.

Today, Malaysiakini reports HERE and HERE  a war of words between DAP’s Karpal and Nik Aziz, the latter saying that DAP can leave Pakatan for all he cares if they are not in agreement to PAS’s agenda to establish an Islamic state!
What the @#$% is going on?

I am particularly baffled by the response to this whole hudud business by Anwar.Yesterday, Malaysiakini reported Anwar as saying that he personally supported Kelantan’s bid to implement hudud law.

“For now, in general, in principle, I believe this can be implemented. Looking at the specific areas and there are clear guarantees on the administration of justice. It does not in any way infringe on the rights of non-Muslims,” Anwar is reported to have said.

There are clear guarantees on the administration of justice?
Does not infringe on the rights of non-Muslims? Dato Seri, tell that to the widow of Sergeant Moorthy.Tell that to the family and friends of the late Lawrence Selvananthan.

What baffles most, though, is this.The Kelantan hudud law that Mahathir has raked up again and which Anwar now supports implementation, was passed by the Kelantan Legislative Assembly in 1993.However, to be effectively implemented, it needed an act of Parliament to clothe the syariah courts in Kelantan with the power to implement the hudud prescribed punishments.That meant that UMNO and the BN government would have to support such a bill in Parliament.

This put UMNO then in a spot.

Anwar was then the deputy president of UMNO and the deputy prime minister.To the best of my knowledge, the law passed in 1993 remains unchanged to this day.If Anwar now says that it is now worthy of support and implementation, perhaps he can now share with us why it was not okay to be supported in 1993?

Perhaps Anwar also needs to take note of some of the scholarly criticism on the ‘Islamness’ of the Kelantan hudud.
I will say this, though, Dato Seri.Your stated stance on this issue has left you walking a fine line.I will not pretend to speak on behalf of others who profess a belief in Islam.I speak for myself.

I do not care to have hudud-lums telling me how to practise my beliefs.This is a secular nation and I will align all my energies with the party that stands to defend it.I am not alone in this.Do not take our support for granted.Perhaps Dato Seri and the other leaders, both in Pakatan and BN, would do well to hear out what Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing had to say on this matter, as reported in Malaysiakini today.
I quote : “I say it’s time to allow Muslims in Kelantan, if they so desire, to implement syariah only for them and with that the hudud enactments provided non-Muslims are exempt from its implementation”.

Do not pretend to know what those who profess the religion of Islam desire.And even if it can be ascertained that the Muslims of Kelantan would have hudud imposed on themselves, do not take their mandate as applying throughout our secular country.

To the rest of you, judging from comments on this issue that I have been noting in cyberspace, you too choose to walk a perilous path if you choose to see the imposition of hudud anywhere in this country as merely impacting upon the Muslim community.

Or must you be placed in the position of the family and friends of the late Lawrence Selvananthan before you wake up to the danger lurking before you?

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