I disagree with the article which says that BN’s component parties should not let hudud affect their unity. The President of Parti Progresif
Penduduk (PPP) Datuk
Seri M. Kayveas goes on to say that hudud is a Pakatan Rakyat problem. His statement shows his ignorance to the fears and concerns of Malaysians
Firstly, UMNO has 88 members of parliament. If UMNO opposes the Private Member’s Bill, then PAS (who has 21 MPs) can only go as far as dreaming that one day hudud will be implemented. However, even with UMNO’s support, the Private Member’s Bill would not succeed as a simple majority (more votes in favour than against) in Parliament is required (at least 112 MPs voting for)
That is presuming all of BN’s component parties as well as PKR’s MPs vote against the Bill. MCA and Gerakan (2 political parties under BN with 9 and 1 MPs respectively) have openly voiced their displeasure as to the Bill. With MCA and Gerakan against hudud while certain UMNO politicians all for it, this is not an issue which can be swept under the rug
BN’s unity SHOULD be affected by hudud. Only when it’s pressured will UMNO state it’s official stance whether they sokong atau tidak sokong (support or dont support). I mean, don’t you want to find out if your partner is for you or against you? If UMNO comes out supporting hudud, the parties affiliated to UMNO which opposes the idea should leave BN. How can you work together when you are fighting for different things?
It is just like being in a romantic relationship. When both parties start heading towards opposite directions, it’s best to call it off instead of deceiving themselves that it may still work out someday
Moving on, hudud is NOT a Pakatan Rakyat problem. It is a Malaysian problem. Hudud has so many hiccups which haven’t been sorted out yet (it could affect non-muslims, it could cause injustice, etc.). As mentioned above, UMNO has quite a big say as to what will happen.
Even if every Muslim opposition MP votes for the Bill but UMNO opposes it, it will not pass. With Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (an UMNO politician who is also the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic Affairs overseeing the “Jawatankuasa Teknikal” which is looking into implementing hudud, do you still think that it is a PR problem which is therefore none of your concern?
In conclusion, Datuk Seri M. Kayveas, it is NOT a PR problem but more of a national issue!