by MP for Seputeh and DAP Women National Secretary, Teresa Kok
in Kuala Lumpur
on 9th July 2002
DAP Women disappointed with PAS for disregarding the objections of civil society to the Hudud Bill
DAP Women is greatly disappointed with PAS for passing the Hudud Bill in the Terengganu State Assembly yesterday, disregarding objections from women groups and civil society.
enactment, which introduces Quranic punishments such as amputation of limbs,
death by stoning, whipping and jail, is clearly against our present modern age
and the spirit of love and forgiveness advocated by all religions, including
punishments included in the Syariah Criminal Offences (Hudud and Qisas)
Enactment are not only unconstitutional, but have also
caused many non-Muslims to be fearful of Islam and PAS.
urge the Mentri Besar of Terengganu Datuk Seri Abdul
Hadi Awang to explain whether this law will finally apply to
all non-Muslims in the state as was reported in The Star today, as the
imposition of such law on non-Muslims clearly contravenes the statements made by
PAS in the past, vis a vis the Hudud Bill will only apply to Muslims.
is time for PAS to evaluate its political strategy, as to whether the
implementation of Hudud law in the state will help to strengthen the Opposition
in the country. The fear of the non-Muslim community
towards PAS today will not
only jeopardise the struggle for human rights and
democracy by Opposition parties, but also undermine the efforts made by all
Opposition parties in bringing about racial and religious harmony in the