Hornbill Unleashed

July 24, 2014

Hudud row threatens to split Pakatan in Sarawak

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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Anna Chidambar

So the Sarawak DAP wants to get out of Pakatan Rakyat if PAS insists on working with the federal government to implement hudud in Kelantan.

Making this strong stand last week, its chairman Chong Chieng Jen explained that if hudud was implemented, Sarawak would also be affected because all federal government departments at the state level would then have to comply with Syariah law in their administration.

But Chong did not stop there. He also lashed out at the non-committal stance of the Sarawak PKR on the matter and warned that the recent meeting between Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Jamil Khir Baharom had revealed that there was no need to amend the Federal Constitution to allow for implementation of hudud in Kelantan.

“This means that there is no need to get a two-thirds majority from Parliament to implement hudud and if implemented, it would go against the Sarawak Constitution and the principles of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) that clearly states that Sarawak has no official religion,” he said.

Chong’s threat to withdraw from the Pakatan coalition in Sarawak elicited a response from state PKR chief Baru Bian who expressed “shock” that Sarawak DAP has seen it fit to issue an ultimatum to Pakatan partner PAS over its stand on hudud without prior consultation with Sarawak PKR.

Baru chided Chong referring to his past statements which clearly decreed that Sarawak was under no obligation to follow the prime minister on the hudud law in April and subsequent stand that Sarawak agreed to the formation of a secular Malaysia in June which were published in the local papers and shared widely on social media.

“Our stand could not be clearer or any more unequivocal, if Chong cared to read the reports. We have never faltered from holding firm to the guarantees of the Sarawak Constitution and the terms of MA63.”

Baru also questioned Sarawak DAP’s independent step when at the national level DAP had not given any indication of the position regarding this move.

“Perhaps there are internal factors and extraneous considerations at play here but I will not speculate on such matters. Suffice to say that I am deeply disappointed that DAP Sarawak should take such a drastic step at this time when the state election is imminent,” he said.

However, observers are aware that the differences and bad blood between DAP and PKR in Sarawak could not be just over this old hudud issue.

Since last year, PKR leaders in Sarawak have been jittery over the state DAP’s “Impian Sarawak” programme which is the party’s charge into the rural areas.

Armed with RM600,000 for the rural drive, a neat sum collected from the party’s state assembly representatives who had an allowance windfall, the DAP’s rural drive has been quite successful.

This has made certain PKR quarters unhappy as they see the DAP’s go rural drive as a threat for it has encroached into some constituencies which they have been eyeing.

Meanwhile, Sarawak PAS has also told DAP off, saying that the party was free to quit the state Pakatan coalition if it wishes to do so.

The deepening cracks within Sarawak Pakatan do not augur well for the state opposition in the coming state elections, due in two years.

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2 Comments »

  1. DAP should have told their PR partners first. Now they all look like a bunch of children slinging mud at each other.

    Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — July 24, 2014 @ 10:55 AM | Reply

    • In Sarawak, DAP is an offshoot of SUPP so they show and have the same arrogance and stubborness as the dead and dying SUPP. They think they can do anything and the natives will just have to take it BUT not anymore. We natives have had enough from them!

      Comment by Brian — July 26, 2014 @ 10:27 AM | Reply


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