State Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Baru Bian has lambasted PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang for criticising non-Muslim MPs who opposed his Hudud bill.
Baru slammed the Marang MP’s statements as completely out of place and unacceptable to all right-minded Malaysians.
“Our oath of office as assemblymen and parliamentarians is to defend the Federal Constitution and the rights of all Malaysians irrespective of religious beliefs. This is what we are elected by our constituents to do and if we keep silent on issues which are of such grave importance, we would be failing in our duty to our people,” the Ba Kelalan assemblyman said in a press statement yesterday.
“The Hudud bill, in our opinion, is against the Federal Constitution and will affect all Malaysians in its application. Those people who keep saying it has nothing to do with Hudud and that it will not affect non-Muslims are just playing a political game.”
In responding to Hadi’s “reminder” to non-Muslims “not to behave like Ahok” (Jakarta’s Christian Chinese governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama), Baru pointed out what has happened in Aceh, Indonesia.
“In April this year, a Christian woman was caned under Syariah law for selling alcohol. Is this how Syariah law is not affecting non-Muslims?
“If anyone needs more convincing, please read the writings of Zaid Ibrahim and Mujahidin Zulkiffli, two Muslim leaders who are against the implementation of Hudud in Malaysia. Mujahiddin lays out on frightening detail how non-Muslims are treated in Islamic countries and says that in history, Hudud applies to all.
“Zaid Ibrahim describes the great impact on the lives of the people, including how they dressed and what they could and could not do if Hudud were introduced,” said Baru.
He pointed out that the authorities are already trying to impose Islamic standards on all Malaysians, such as with dress codes and telling non-Muslims not to eat in public during the fasting month.
“Anyone who believes that Hadi Awang’s Hudud bill will not affect non-Muslims must be extremely naïve,” he stressed.
Baru said Malaysians could not accept two criminal systems in a multi-religious country, adding that the Federal Constitution guaranteed equality for all, and having two systems of punishment would be a violation of that constitutional guarantee.
“Moreover, Malaysia is meant to be a secular democratic state and therefore the religious beliefs of its citizens cannot and should not be legislated. A person’s religious belief is personal between that person and his/her God. This is especially crucial for Sabah and Sarawak.
“Hadi’s idea of Malaysia was never envisaged to be the Malaysia we intended to form, as evidenced in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and all the pre-formation documents,” he said.
Baru called on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem to have this foremost in his mind at all times.
“He must stick to his stand even if there will be an amendment to the present bill. The wisdom of our forefathers and wishes of the people must be paramount, and not political allegiance to BN/Umno. On principle, based on the above points Sarawak MPs should oppose this bill,” he added.
According to Baru, media reports indicated threats had now been issued to all Muslim MPs to support the bill at the next sitting, failing which an all-out campaign would be started against them.
“Malaysians should know and understand the main motives behind this bill and how it suspiciously unites PAS and Umno, who are politically sworn enemies. This is clearly a political bill and Umno’s actions show it is fearful of losing its grip,” he said.
Basuki’s remarks had prompted a massive protest among Muslim conservatives in Jakarta, with protestors demanding his prosecution.
On Tuesday he was questioned for almost eight hours by Indonesian police as a suspect of a blasphemy case.
Source : FMT Reporters Online