10 January, 2011


I refer to the news today (The Star) where Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, PAS President reiterated PAS commitment to uphold its Islamic state agenda.

He also says that when PAS make promises, they do not merely provide lip service.

He also says that PAS will not compromise on its principles and will not bow to pressure from any quarter, including its Pakatan Rakyat partners.

This was in response to the calls of certain quarters in Pakatan Rakyat for PAS to review its aim to pursue its Islamic state agenda in view of the next general election.

Previously, it was also reported (The Malaysian Insider) that Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang stated PAS’s intention to proceed with the implementation of Hudud laws in Kelantan and Kedah.

While I respect Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang for being honest and sincere in stating clearly their political ambition and objectives, being to create Islamic states, the same I could not say for his remaining partner’s Pakatan Rakyat.

This is the strongest statement by PAS on the matter since last general election in 2008.

I am extremely concern over the latest statement by PAS’s President especially the implication on states where PAS dominates the administration, such as Kelantan & Kedah. Besides sending “shivers” to all Malaysians in these states, the latest message by PAS would certainly effect the perception of investors towards these states.

It is clear that DAP and PKR had been unable to persuade PAS to abandon their quest to create Islamic states, notwithstanding that Malaysia is a multi race & religion country.

To date, Pakatan Rakyat has also refused to provide a clear stance on the creation of Islamic states. Would Pakatan Rakyat only reveal their true intention to Malaysian after capturing Putrajaya?

Thus, if Pakatan Rakyat is transparent, Pakatan Rakyat leaders, especially its de facto leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should immediately state it out clearly that Pakatan Rakyat would object to the creation of Islamic states, including the implementation of Hudud laws.

Anything less than a clear statement would only show that all the rhetoric talks and policies by Pakatan Rakyat leaders are merely to fish for votes and to abandon their principles once capturing Putrajaya (if they ever to succeed).

I hope that Pakatan Rakyat would not “hoodwink” Malaysians on the issue of Hudud & Islamic state.

News from The Star on 10th January, 2010 (http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/1/10/nation/7765188&sec=nation)

PAS won’t bow to pressure from any quarter, says Hadi

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS will uphold its Islamic state agenda and will not bow to pressure from any quarter, including its Pakatan Rakyat partners.

Expressing shock over DAP chairman Karpal Singh’s call to compel PAS to review its stand over the Islamic state issue, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the party would not compromise on its principles.

“We will bow to no one,” he said when launching Sua Kasih logo and H13 Squad to promote the spirit of brotherhood among various races and religions here yesterday.

Hadi was responding to Karpal’s call to Pakatan to tackle the issue of PAS pursuing its Islamic state agenda in view of the next general election.

Karpal had made the call during the second Pakatan convention in Kepala Batas recently.

Karpal had said that PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PAS spiritual leader Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat, Hadi and DAP leaders should confront the issue and frankly consider the required solution.

Hadi said PAS could tolerate and be patient with DAP.

“We have extended co-operation to DAP although in the past, Karpal was adamant that Islamic state could only be implemented over his dead body.

“Our Mursyidul Am had retorted to Karpal’s comment that drew flak from many quarters,” he said, adding that PAS would still uphold its promises.

“When we make promises, we do not merely provide lip service. As Muslims, we will stand by promises made to non-Muslims,” he said.

Hadi said PAS was pursuing an Islamic state to create a system to ensure truth, justice and the protection of rights for everyone.

“Through Islamic governance, we will break all the walls that divide us,” he said, adding that the Western system subscribed to such barriers that divided a nation.