PETALING JAYA – Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo today hit out at PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang for attempting to ‘twist the truth’ with regard to the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.
Gobind said Hadi’s claim that the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council had agreed to PAS’ intention to implement hudud was totally untrue.
“The common agenda of Pakatan Rakyat signed by Hadi himself clearly excludes hudud,” said Gobind in a statement today.
“(And) the DAP has always made it crystal clear that it is totally against hudud as it is unconstitutional and unsuitable in a multiracial country like ours.”
Hadi had stressed that the party will implement hudud even if it faced opposition from the DAP and PKR as the party did not have any deals with them on not to implement the laws.
Gobind however pointed out that PAS (during the last general election) ran its campaign without saying that it would implement hudud in Kelantan.
“This is significant as they pulled in the votes on the combined strength of Pakatan Rakyat on the basis that hudud was never part of its agenda.
“By raising this issue, PAS has demolished its goodwill amongst the people who supported it in the last elections believing that it would abide by the 2011 agenda,” said Gobind.
He added the fact that PAS thought it fit to come up with statements like these, (that Pakatan agrees with tabling the hudud bill), is “in itself sufficient to destroy the trust of its partners in Pakatan Rakyat”.
“The damage has clearly been done.”
Calling on Hadi to correct the report if it was untrue, he stressed that PAS perhaps should reconsider the relevance of its continued existence in Pakatan Rakyat if the report was true.
“The DAP will not sit back. We will defend to the hilt the Pakatan Rakyat agenda which does not include hudud as this formed the basis of the campaign in the General Election, as reported in FMT.
“This we have always done and without a shadow of doubt will continue to do.”