Friday, August 24, 2012
Anwar and Nik Aziz defensive on hudud
... and Mahathir got them where he wants them to be.
Utusan Malaysia's frontpage today reported Anwar giving an outright NO to hudud and citing hudud is not part of the Pakatan consensus and the Buku Jingga manifesto.
Sounding like UMNO of the past, He said Pakatan will need to reach a consensual agreement between the three parties of DAP, PKR and PAS before hudud can be accepted as part of the manifesto of Pakatan Rakyat.
Despite Utusan Malaysia's affirmative sounding NO in their frontpage, Anwar was actually non-committal by wearing his hat as the spokesman for Pakatan Rakyat and treading the potentially explosive political issue carefully.
He also said hudud could not be implemented yet. [Read Utusan here]
It is still not the strong answer the Muslim public wants to hear given Tun Dr Mahathir's masterly accomodative stance. Neither is Dato Nik Aziz's politically diplomatic answer acceptable.
Nik Aziz's merely said the squabble between DAP and PAS should not create a break-up in the coalition but consistent with his past insistence on hudud, he said hudud is not for discussion since it is God's law and it must be implemented. [Read Harakahdaily here and here]
With their stance, UMNO is calling PAS as seasonal and inconsistent [Read Datok Samsol Bari Jamali criticising PAS's Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad in Sinar Harian today] and Subky Latiff is trying hard to justify with a historical spin [read Harakahdaily here].
However, as Sinar Harian's frontpage for today, Perlis Mufti, Dr Juanda Jaya asked that both side, UMNO and PAS (look ma, no PKR) to sit and discuss the hudud issue with the presence of the learned amongst the local and abroad.
Kelantan Mufti Datuk Shukri Mohamad gave a similar stance but mainly on the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.
This is different from the stance taken by former Perlis Mufti, Associate Prof Dr Mohd. Asri Zainul Abidin. He blamed PAS for the confusion created on hudud today for passing the Enakmen Undang-undang Kanun Jenayah Syariah (ii) 1993 (Hukum Hudud) [Read Utusan here]
Nik Aziz attempted to create a diversion by trying to drive a wedge between MCA and UMNO to Dr Mahathir's latest statement [read Harakahdaily here].
However, Dato Dr Chua Soi Lek is still giving space to UMNO leaders to blast PAS for their inconsistency and hypocrasy on the hudud issue. Only Selangor MCA Chairman, Datuk Donald Lim gave a token remark that was criticised in Harakahdaily here.
Before this [read here], it was Kedah UMNO Liaison Chief, Datok Bashar that denied UMNO rejecting hudud. Today Sinar Harian reported Marang UMNO Vice Division Head, Datuk Razali Idris reiterated the same point and accused PAS partner, DAP for vehememntly opposing Islamic syariah laws.
PAS President, Dato Hadi Awang represent Marang as member of Parliament.
Special Officer to the Pahang Menteri Besar, Syed Ibrahim Syed Ahmad described PAS and PKR as mere puppets in a wayang kulit light show with DAP as the shadow player. [Read Sinar Harian today]
Generally, the pro-Anwar Erdogan faction of PAS is quiet and left PAS's former President, Nasharuddin Mat Isa alone to defend himself. [Read Subky Latiff in Harakahdaily here in a bind to find justification not to support Nasha]
At the same time, PAS's former Deputy President, Nasharuddin Mat Isa, who initially dare to slug out alone against Karpal Singh to the extend of calling him anti-Islam and face him in court, is getting back-up support from other PAS and NGO leaders and grassroot members and leaders from amongst former PAS headquarter officebearers.[Read Utusan here]
PAS Information Chief, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man asked Karpal Singh to refrain from talking on the subject of hudud. If he had given his earlier view on hudud from his perspective of the constitution, he had attracted criticism from the pro-Nik Aziz Information Chief for claiming hudud as not fair and just.
here reported Karpal Singh dispute claim hudud will not be able to deter crime by questioning PAS insistence for 4 witness for rape cases.
Tuan Ibrahim responded to say Karpal Singh do not have sufficent understanding to question hudud without understanding other aspect of Islamic mode of punishment like takzir, kisas and others stipulated in the Quran and Hadith. [Read Harakahdaily here and Utusan here]
Nik Aziz's son and Deputy Head of PAS Youth, Nik Abduh, who is aligned to the ulamak faction than follow his father's support for the Anwarista Erdogan faction, supported his Chief, Nasaruddin Hassan. The day before Nasruddin alleged that Karpal SIngh is out of line for ridiculing and underestimating hudud as in solving crimes. [read Utusan here]
Nik Abduh lambasted Karpal's remark as DAP's insensitivity to Malay voters. Yes, PAS Youth leadership expressed concern for Malay votes and not Muslims votes. Definitely it is not assobiyah (racist) if it PAS doing it. [Read Utusan here]
There was also criticism of Karpal Singh to come from PEMBELA Chairman, Aminuddin Yahaya and Muafakat Chairman, Ustaz Ismail Mina. [Read Utusan here]
While Nasha is gaining support, lecturer for Geopolitics, UKM, Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd. Fuad Mat Jali and Lecturer for Adminstrative Science and Policy Studies, UiTM, Dr. Arnold Puyok saw Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng foresaking Karpal Singh for political expediency.[Read Utusan here]
Till then Dr Mahathir's political incision had left an indellible mark that could discourage PAS from playing the Islamic state and hudud as a major issue.
Subky Latiff, Nasruddin Hasan, and the gila bahasa (verbally mad) Dato Nizar Jamaluddin (all links in from Haraklahdaily) can scream and shout but their irrelevent voices only indicate desperation.
Because Dr Mahathir have got Anwar and Nik Aziz to be where he wants them to be.... defensive. The ole master is at his defensive best on the attack. This way, Dato Najib and UMNO does not need to delve into this issue any further.
They can't claim to be consistent for a secular state but yet kept quiet and backstab Karpal Singh to leave him to fend for himself.
How will Soi Lek strike while taking into account the political game of his Kedah MCA Chairman and remain consistent too? DAP's first response on any issue is to highlight inconsistency and they usually nitpick on the present with some obscure past.
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