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Monday, April 28, 2014

DAP will vote against Private Member's Bill

DAP will vote against the proposed Private Member’s Bill on hudud in Parliament and says there is no chance the proposal being pushed by PAS to be imposed in Kelantan will get Pakatan Rakyat's blessings.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (left) reiterated that the party's position on hudud has not changed despite news reports that it may have wavered in past election pacts with its partner parties in Pakatan.

"We will take the same position... which is unchanged. We will not agree because hudud is unconstitutional.

"Anybody can bring it up but if this is to be put up to a vote in Parliament, we will vote against it," Lim told reporters at an event in Kuala Lumpur to promote the George Town Arts Festival, which will be held in August.

Lim also said that such a proposal would not come from Pakatan.

"Pakatan will object. As far as Pakatan is concerned, only if all three member parties agree will it become policy.

"DAP will never agree, so that's why it is not Pakatan policy. It (the Bill) will not come from Pakatan but only from an individual party," added Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general.

Lim also sought to quell rumours that DAP had in any way softened its long-standing opposition to hudud.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang was cited in a Sin Chew report today as saying that a 2011 agreement from the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meant that DAP would not challenge hudud laws.

“There are certain sections in Chinese media that says we have already agreed. If you look at the three-point understanding, and you looking at one point without looking at the other two points, that is not fair,” Lim said.

“We want to say here unequivocally... we hope that there can be incontrovertible evidence that we have accepted, otherwise it is not true.”

PAS has declared its intention to table a Private Member's Bill at the next parliamentary sitting to remove hurdles at the federal level for the implementation of hudud law in Kelantan. The state had passed its hudud enactment in 1993, even before there was a Pakatan Rakyat coalition, but was unable to implement it because of objections from the federal government.

BN component parties MCA and Gerakan also opposed hudud. However, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department for Islamic affairs Jamil Khir Baharom had said that if PAS gets Parliament to agree to change the laws to facilitate hudud, he would not stand in the way.

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