Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Soi Lek is only against 'hudud a la PAS'
I hope I didnt misinterpret what CSL was trying to explain, not only to the Malaysian Chinese but Malaysians as a whole.
Chua has been very, very consistent in avowing his displeasure at PAS 'hudud'. MCA too had in the past issued statements about how 'hudud a la PAS' is only a political gimmick and not hudud in the real context.
In other word, PAS only rides on hudud to garner political support, no doubt about it. Its alliance with DAP and PKR in Pakatan Rakyat is also in jitters over hudud. While DAP leaders are split over the issue, PKR has strongly rejected the idea of introducing Islamic Law to the country.
Only Karpal Singh of DAP dares to oppose hudud openly, ignoring the fact that his sentiment could dampen inter-Pakatan relations. But at least he is being honest and very downright about it.
So, when CSL spoke about hudud, he only meant 'hudud a la PAS' and not the one outlined by Islam. Even Umno never rejected hudud but could not accept the idea put forward by PAS.
PAS is an Islamist party, not Islamic. Hope everybody understands the different. The party uses Islam, the country's official religion, as its platform, notwithstanding the fact that MCA, Umno, MIC and other BN component parties have long agreed on politics of moderate and the non-use of religion for politics.
CSL has also been very, very careful in speaking it out, referring to only 'PAS brand of hudud' and not actual Islamic Law.
Its easy to impose Islamic Law in the country but implementing it is not. Countries like Sudan and Saudi Arabia didn't find it easy to punish those suspected of breaking the Syariah Law. For instance, to severe the hands of a thief, at least three witnesses must come forward to testify.
However, Islam puts a strict provision on such a witness. Among others, the sentence can be carried out if the witness is someone pious, never tell lies and fully respected by the community. In today's world, how many of such people live around us?
PAS actually realises this, that hudud will not come easy, especially in a complex multi-society like Malaysia. But the party continues to ride on hudud, hoping to gain extra mileage from Muslims who are on the fringe of fanaticism.
And all this while, PAS had never unveiled the mechanism and characteristic of its hudud, except for saying Malaysia should be made an Islamic state. Aren't we an Islamic state just yet for instituting a strong emphasis on syarie law and other Islamic law characters?
Majority of the Malaysian Chinese, Indians and other non-Muslims do not understand what 'hudud a la PAS' is all about. Some of those who took the courage to learn about Islam do understand hudud in the real perspective.
But still, the fear remains to haunt them. What is 'hudud a la PAS'?
Yes, PAS had given its assurances that its hudud will not affect the non-Muslims. However, the just can be put to question. For example, if a couple of Muslim and non-Muslim is caught for close proximity, only the Muslim will be punished, right?
Then, what about the non-Muslim? He or she will scot free! So, where is justice in a law that will encourage more such doings?
I am not against hudud but not for 'hudud a la PAS'. Just like CSL and many other Muslims who question 'hudud a la PAS', I don't see the logic for a political 'hudud' here. To implement the actual hudud, we have to go to the Parliament, and I personally believe it will be rejected by a slim majority.
Hudud is merely a PAS political game. Knowing how much is disgusts Karpal and friends and PKR, PAS motive is so loud and clear - to hitch hike on Pakatan should the pact succeeds in taking over Putrajaya in the next general election.
PAS seems to have lost faith in its own strength, and that tells how it accepted Anwar Ibrahim's offer to join PR about 10 years ago.
Its not about hudud or Islamic Law. Its all about power crazy!