Hadi’s statement of “no change in Constitution if PAS wins polls” meaningless as it has been contradicted by his interview with Mingguan Malaysia on Sunday on PAS’ concept of an Islamic State
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): The statement by the PAS President, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang of “no change in Constitution if PAS wins polls” (Star) is meaningless as it has been contradicted by his interview with Mingguan Malaysia on Sunday (21.9.03) on PAS’ concept of an Islamic State.
This is what Hadi said:
“Ciri-ciri negara Islam ialah agama Islam berkuasa, mewujudkan keamanan setelah ketakutan, undang-undang Islam menjadi undang-undang yang tertinggi, mana-mana hukum yang bercanggah dengan Islam mesti dibatalkan.”
Hadi has not said that he had been misquoted by Mingguan Malaysia in the past five days.
In fact, Hadi’s statement yesterday that PAS will retain the existing Federal Constitution but would give a new definition to Islam, which is stated in the Federal Constitution as the religion of the federation, according to what was stated in the Quran as addeen (way of life), is a contradiction in terms.
How can the 46-year social contract that Malaysia is a secular state with Islam as the official religion be left untouched when there is a tectonic shift in the constitutional basis of the nation with the 1957 Constitution transformed from being the supreme of the law of the land to become subordinate to the Quran and Sunnah?
It was because of this fundamental difference about the character of the Malaysian nation that DAP pulled out of the Barisan Alternative in September 2001.
After the 1999 general election, DAP leaders had protested strongly against PAS coming out with a Terengganu state manifesto for an Islamic state in the last few days before polling the 1999 general election which was in clear conflict with the Barisan Alternative common manifesto “Towards A Just Malaysia” to restore justice, freedom, democracy and good governance.
Although the DAP wanted the BA to address the people’s concerns about the Islamic State issue after the 1999 general election, we found no support from the other BA component parties despite persistent attempts by the DAP in 2000. As a result, DAP decided to engage PAS in direct discussion on the issue in 2001, where we proposed a five-point position for Barisan Alternative on the Islamic State issue.
When talks broke down between the DAP and PAS leaders on the DAP’s five-point “No Islamic State” formula for the BA, DAP was left with no choice but to pull out of the opposition front.
The DAP’s five-point ”No Islamic State” proposal for the BA position were:
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman