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August 19, 2012

WOW, what a U-turn: Mahathir becomes latest proponent of hudud

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WOW, what a U-turn: Mahathir becomes latest proponent of hududMaria Begum

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who during his 22-year tenure had been responsible for ensuring that PAS-led Kelantan could not pass its Hudud bill enactment, has now invited the Islamic party to join hands with UMNO to implement the Islamic penal code.

According to Harakahdaily, Mahathir’s condition is that PAS leaves Pakatan Rakyat, the coalition led by his nemesis Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. Many analysts rate the Pakatan as having a real chance to wrest the federal government from the BN in the next general election which is widely expected to be held within the next few months.

“UMNO will ensure a fully compliant Islamic state if PAS has a big heart to join UMNO. Other Islamic countries are also putting hope on Malaysia, but there are still people wanting to split the Muslims. That’s why our goal is not achieved,” Malay daily Sinar Harian had quoted Mahathir as saying.

The former UMNO president had once threatened to impose emergency in the form of ‘Mageran’ (National Operation Council) on Kelantan if the state went ahead and implemented hudud on Muslims convicted of serious crimes.

Mahathir had also previously remarked that if hudud laws were implemented, there would be many Muslims without limbs. He labeled the laws which include beheading, stoning to death, whipping as well as amputation of limbs as being outdated, adding that the Islamic laws’ requirement for solid evidence and witnesses meant it could not be applied in the modern context.

Willing to bypass all the other races & religions

Mahathir’s backtracking has put a cat among the pigeons. While it may rile DAP leaders, it also challenges non-Muslim component parties in the BN such as the MCA, MIC, Gerakan and the Christian-majority East Malaysian parties.

However, Pakatan leaders say it is the Muslims in PAS that Mahathir is really targeting.

“I think Mahathir has just told PAS members that if they really want hudud and an Islamic state, they should join hands with UMNO. This is the fastest way for PAS to have a realistic chance to get the two-thirds majority in Parliament it needs to pass hudud,” PKR vice president Chua Jui Meng told Malaysia Chronicle.

“It is also a most unethical statement as usual from Dr M. It suggests that he and UMNO are willing to bypass the non-Malays in the governing of this country. To retain power, UMNO is willing to shut out all the other races and all the other religions to form a monopoly with PAS. Of course, PKR is confident that PAS will rebuff such an underhanded move.”

Raison d’etre

Unlike UMNO and despite pressure from Pakatan partner DAP, PAS has never wavered from publicly stating hudud as one of its ultimate aspirations along with the creation of a ‘true’ Islamic state as the Muslim religion is its raison d’etre.

Nonetheless, party leaders from president Hadi Awang to Spiritual Adviser Nik Aziz Nik Mat have assured that any implementation of hudud would affect only Muslims and pledged they would respect the Federal Constitution, which means that they accept they will have to wait until they managed to swing the necessary majority in Parliament required to get the Bill passed.

“We are either Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs or others. Islam celebrates religious plurality and acknowledges the ‘claim of exclusivity to its belief and teachings’ and accords a respect to the ‘absolutist doctrine’ of all transcendental religions,” PAS strategist and MP for Kuala Selangor Dzulkefly Ahmad said in a recent blog posting entitled A political contest beyond Hudud.

“And the bottom-line is, we are all Malaysians by way of belonging to one nation called Malaysia. Yes that is the identity we all share and cherish together, to have a nation worthy of our love, respect and sacrifice.

Serious trouble

A political analyst had also told Harakahdaily that Mahathir’s latest remark showed that UMNO was in “serious trouble” in winning the hearts and minds of Muslims.

“Mahathir did not want to see hudud implemented at all cost when he was in power with two third majority for 22 years. Now he says he wants.

“He is just capitalising on the growing anger against DAP’s Karpal Singh to solidify Malay votes for UMNO, which he knows is faced with a historic defeat. The party is in serious trouble,” she added.

The UMNO-owned media has been involved in a campaign to portray DAP as being anti-Islam following Karpal’s remarks opposing PAS’s plan to implement hudud law on Muslims. The campaign includes a statement by a little-known Muslim preacher in Kelantan who declared that it is haram (illicit) for Muslims to vote for DAP.

Critics have lashed out at the so-called ‘pondok fatwa’ (Islamic ruling from a small-time cleric), pointing out that by the same logic, Muslims should also not vote for candidates from MCA and Gerakan which have strongly opposed any form of Islamic laws.


  1. Mahathir knows that whatever wrongs he has committed cannot stand under Islamic penal code. He can only be charged under our civil laws. So now he is desperate and has resorted to seducing PAS like a prostitute under the pretext of supporting Hudud.

    Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — August 19, 2012 @ 6:31 PM | Reply

  2. A prostitute has proposed to an Ulama?

    Comment by Jefferson — August 19, 2012 @ 4:33 PM | Reply

  3. UMNO is nothing but an incorrigible prostitute. Will PAS marries an incorrigible prostitute?

    Comment by Mata Kuching — August 19, 2012 @ 4:24 PM | Reply

  4. A dying old man whose brain is clogged with guilt-conscience.

    Comment by tigeryk — August 19, 2012 @ 3:08 PM | Reply


      Comment by pippit — August 21, 2012 @ 3:53 PM | Reply

  5. What to you want to bring home this raya? How about some truth?
    Jom balik kampung bawa berita benar!!


    Comment by Jiwa Malaysia — August 19, 2012 @ 2:34 PM | Reply

  6. chua soiled lek,

    what say you now? take MCA out of UMNO?
    oops, you are not welcome .

    Comment by MMC — August 19, 2012 @ 1:36 PM | Reply

    • Chua Soi Lek should stop talking about hudud, stop attacking the opposition.
      He should help the chinese facing problems in idependent schools and those people affecting by Rapid project in Pengerang.

      Comment by JasOne — August 19, 2012 @ 1:41 PM | Reply

  7. First and foremost I would like to sincerely convey my Hari Raya Greetings to all muslims where ever you are and “Selamat Hari Raya Aidifitri Maaf Zahir Batin”.

    I lament the high-handed statements by Mahathir although he is specifically targeting the muslims in PAS as well as threatening the dignity of DAP which has never been an anti-Islamic Party. Doesn’t he see such statements have serious complications towards a multi-religious and multi-racial country like Malaysia? I believe that the malaysian masses understand his hidden sinister motives as nothing else but to wholly safeguard his legacy and also most probably to pave the way for his son, Muhkriz’s taking over the helm of government in the near future.

    UMNO to him is just only a ‘Tool’ to further his cause towards nepotism and cronyism. He has treated UMNO at his whims and fancies. A good example is that he was once stripped of UMNO membership by the Former first PM due to his different political ideology and during Badawi’s era, he left UMNO at his own accord and later only to be re-instituted upon his application when Najib took over the helm. The point here is that UMNO is only good if it serves his agenda.

    For the non-muslims, I opine that the Hudud doesn’t pose any threat to them as they pretty well know that Islam accommodates the existence of other religions in the Malaysian Society and in the words of MP Dzulkefly Ahmad as in his recent blog: “Islam………accords a respect to the “absolutist doctrine” of all transcendental religions”. To my mind, an implementation of the Islamic penal code is not at all an issue as long as it is purely for the muslims and in accordance with the federal constitution. If the majority of muslims want such law, why not and we have the Parliament to endorse it and of course with the help of non-muslims to get the two third majority.

    If the sanctity of Hudud is to have been grossly misused by irresponsible politicians to further their self-interests, then it will certainly invite religious conflicts of no ending. Hence, should muslims heed mahathir’s highly selfish “Call”?

    Mahathir’s U-Turn Call for implementation of the Islamic penal code will certainly backfire and does not help either UMNO nor Najib. The other non-muslim component parties in BN would repudiate the move as they are not ready to lose a slew of supporters on the ground. It is now pretty clear that Mahathir is pursuing his own agenda, and I am optimistic that the majority of muslims won’t fall into his infamous trap.

    Comment by Justice Lover — August 19, 2012 @ 11:25 AM | Reply

    • Thought that old man has retire…why, oh why are you people giving him the attention which he doesn’t deserved? As the people observed, he only CREATES PROBLEMS FOR THE NATION, AND WITH HIS EGO. ..AND INCONSISTENT COMMENTS, HE JUST CANNOT BE TRUSTED! ! ! Haven’ t we had enough of his 22years of arrogance AND FORCED OPINIONS ON THE PEOPLE OF MALAYSIA WHO WANTS ONLY TO BE FRIENDS WITH OTHER NATIONS BUT BECAUSE OF HIS OWN EGO MAKE ENEMIES OF OTHER NATIONS…eg. the western AND OUR NEIGHBOR…AND THE SADDEST PART? … are the respond of the readers who did not realised that they have been made tools of his PERSONAL AGENDA. THINK ABOUT IT…

      God is good…HE is merciful so much so that my eyes are open to that kind of man…I DON’ T TRUST THAT MAN ‘M’ …MALAYSIANS SUFFERS BRAIN DRAIN BECAUSE OF HIM…I actually pity this Najib…to be controlled left & right by buggers like this old man!!!

      Comment by teres6842550 — August 20, 2012 @ 3:09 AM | Reply

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