KUALA LUMPUR: PAS is seen to be intentionally raising outdated issues when it brought up the question of implementation of hudud laws with the coming Kuala Terengganu by-election on Jan 17, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said yesterday.
He said the implementation of hudud laws was often brought up during elections but so far nothing has been done by PAS to fulfil its political slogan.
“This is an old story, it is nothing new. They had not implemented the hudud laws in Kelantan and Terengganu but at every election they raise it as an issue,” he said of the statement by PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa that PAS would implement hudud laws if Pakatan Rakyat came to power at the federal level.
Najib asked why the hudud issue was not included in the party’s manifesto for the 12th general election last March when the party championed a welfare state in- stead.
Najib also proposed that Islamic institutions in the country study how Prophet Muhammad practised the ‘zimmi’ (free non-Muslims living under Muslim rule) concept in managing racial conflicts and ensuring religious tolerance during his time.
“Let us together think of ways and take action to rebuild harmony in the country through wisdom by applying the formula that had been practised by the Prophet.
“At the same time, the Prophet was also firm with elements that tried to disturb the prevailing peace and harmony. The Prophet’s attitude towards the ‘harbi’ group or aggressors and hypocrites had been firm and clear,” he said.
Under the ‘zimmi’ concept, Mus- lims are required to protect the weak, including from among the non-Muslims, as long as they are not against Islam, while the “harbi” group refers to those who are blatantly against Islam.