GEORGE TOWN: DAP chairman Karpal Singh wants the loose opposition coalition to convene an emergency meeting on Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat's insistence on implementing hudud and setting up an Islamic state in Kelantan.
He said DAP, Pas and Parti Keadilan Rakyat could not afford to let the issue drag on without a clear stand being made for the people to know where the coalition was heading.
"The question is whether this is also Pas' stand as a party or just the rants of a man who wants attention," he said after the weekly meeting with his constituents at the Air Itam market yesterday.
On opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's statement that he supported the implementation of hudud, Karpal said he was taken aback by the latter's statement.
"A leader of a party cannot just make public a personal view, as it would give the perception that it is also the view of his party."
When asked to comment on a statement that the Islamic state agenda and hudud were just for Kelantan, Karpal said it was against the Federal Constitution.
"This is a ridiculous statement. There is no such thing as one state having one law and the rest another." He called on the Pas leadership to reiterate its stand on the resolution adopted at its muktamar that the party was no longer pursuing its objective of setting up an Islamic state in Malaysia.Bayan Lepas member of parliament Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said the row between Karpal and Nik Aziz over hudud was merely an attempt by Pas to divert public attention from deputy president Mohamad Sabu's recent controversy on the Bukit Kepong issue.
In Kuala Lumpur, Pas vice-president Salahuddin Ayub urged federal opposition leaders to stop discussing hudud as it was not on the coalition's agenda."The focus now should be to ensure that the coalition works hard to win big in the next general election. "We don't need to discuss things that are impossible to implement. All parties need to understand this." Kelantan Umno deputy chief Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin said Pas was deliberately raising the hudud issue because it knew the party's popularity was on the wane."If Pas is sincere about it, why is it only raising it now when the general election is near?"Pas does not have the will, desire and honesty to implement hudud... it is in fact only using hudud to gain political mileage." In Kuala Terengganu, Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan said Pas was being "insincere" about its announcement."We are not denying that hudud is part of Islam, but we are questioning the political hudud that the party capitalises on every time an election is near," he said after the Kolej Teknologi Bestari convocation here.In Putrajaya, MIC secretary-general S. Murugessan said in a statement that the opposition coalition had to make a clear stand on the implementation of hudud."It is a fundamental issue and people need to know who they are voting for in the next general election. The opposition has side-stepped and glossed over the issue for too long."They had better come clean and declare to their members and to the public where they stand."