MCA and Gerakan should requisition for an emergency Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting to take the policy decision that the new BN Terengganu State Government immediately repeal the hudud law of previous PAS government
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Friday): The statement by the new Terengganu Mentri Besar, Datuk Idris Jusoh that the Barisan Nasional state government will only decide whether to repeal the hudud law passed by the PAS government after the court decides on its legitimacy is most shocking.
It is an immediate betrayal of Barisan Nasional pledge in the recent 2004 general election that it would put right all the wrongs committed by the PAS state government.
Idris’ claim that it is sub judice to talk about any repeal of the Terengganu Syariah Criminal Enactment (Hudud and Qisas) gazetted last October shows the new Mentri Besar’s abysmal ignorance of the law, and he should consult the State Legal Adviser or the Attorney-General before he continues to make a fool of himself on legal and constitutional questions.
It is not sub judice for the new Mentri Besar to announce that the new Barisan Nasional state government will repeal the hudud law passed by PAS in the first meeting of the new Terengganu State Assembly.
During the recent general election, MCA and Gerakan had attacked the PAS hudud law in Terengganu as unconstitutional and an example why PAS’ Islamic State is completely unsuitable and unacceptable in a plural Malaysia.
MCA and Gerakan Presidents, Ong Ka Ting and Lim Keng Yaik, and their national leaders should ask for an emergency meeting of the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council to take the policy decision that the new BN Terengganu State Government should immediately repeal the hudud law of previous PAS government – making it the first item of business in the first meeting of the new Terengganu State Assembly.
Or have Ka Ting and Keng Yaik found the former PAS hudud law completely acceptable just because the Barisan Nasional has toppled the PAS government in Terengganu. If so, this will be the most blatant and quickest example of the MCA and Gerakan Presidents and their national leaders saying one thing during the general election campaign and doing the exact opposite after the polls.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman