KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 14, 2009) :
The DAP today threatened to withdraw from the Pakatan Rakyat (PR), which also comprises PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), if PAS insists on implementing "hudud" laws (Islamic penal code) if the opposition alliance comes to power in the country.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh, in issuing the warning, reiterated that the hudud laws did not make up the DAP principles and were not contained in the PR manifesto for the general election held last year.
"By right, PAS should consider the views of the DAP as a member of the Pakatan Rakyat and respect our stand," he told reporters outside the Istana Negara.
Earlier, Karpal Singh handed over to the palace a letter for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, on the appointment of Tan Sri Zaki Tun Azmi as the chief justice.
The letter was received by the secretary of Istana Negara, Zainab Muhammad, outside the palace rear entrance.
The issue of hudud laws cropped up again on Dec 21 after PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa said the party had never forgotten its struggle to bring about Islamic administration in the country, including implementing hudud laws. - Bernama