GEORGE TOWN: Dec 23, 2008
DAP leaders have reacted strongly against PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa’s statement that Pakatan Rakyat would have introduced hudud laws if they had formed the Government on Sept 16.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said he was surprised by Husam’s statement as hudud laws had never been part of the Pakatan manifesto.
“I am also unsure if the news report is correct. If it is true, then I will contact (Opposition Leader) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for clarification,” he told newsmen here yesterday.
Lim, who is Penang Chief Minister, said
the DAP had never agreed to the implementation of hudud laws or the forming of an Islamic state.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh said: “The statement cannot and will not get any support from the DAP.” Karpal said PAS should not sacrifice the unity of Pakatan on the altar of political expediency.
“The time has come for PAS to discard myopic political considerations and try to appreciate the larger political landscape which is a necessity for the continued existence of Pakatan,” he said.
In Petaling Jaya, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said Husam must clarify his statement otherwise it would create unease, anxiety and opposition among Chinese voters in the Kuala Terengganu by-election, as well as Malays and other non-Malays.