Saturday, 28 July 2012

No hudud without constitutional change, says MP

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — PAS’s aspiration to implement hudud law in the country was impossible unless the party is first able to amend the Federal Constitution, according to a DAP lawmaker today.

DAP national chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw, who is also Kepong member of parliament, said it was not easy to amend the constitution as it required a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

“To implement hudud, there must be an amendment in Parliament. They know it is impossible to get a two-thirds majority in Parliament,” he said.

He said that to date, the Syariah Criminal Law Enactment (II) 1993 (Hudud Law) passed by the Kelantan State Assembly in 1993 could not be enforced.

He said this when asked to comment on the statement by Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who is also PAS spiritual leader, who reiterated on Wednesday the party’s stand to uphold its struggle for hudud although it was not agreed to by DAP.

According to Tan, the hudud issue was a complex one especially in a country that was made up of a plural society and it should not have been raised.

“Let’s not raise matters that can cause disorder especially on those which cannot be implemented,” he said.

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