Press Statement by Karpal Singh in Kuala Lumpur on
Friday, 16th January 2009:
Islamic state: PAS should accept
The assertion by Kedah PAS
Commissioner and Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, that as
far as he was concerned, PAS would not deviate from its original
struggle to uphold Islamic law flies in the face of the Federal
Constitution which designates Malaysia an Islamic state and the Supreme
Court decision by a five-man bench in 1988 that Malaysia was governed by
secular law which meant the country was a secular state. Islamic law can
have no place in a secular state and the pronouncement by the Supreme
Court that it was secular law which held sway in the country.
I must make it clear that the DAP is in absolute support of there being
a two-party system in the country so as to give the people a choice of
the government they would want installed after a general election. The
Pakatan Rakyat provides for that option. However, what is equally
absolutely necessary is that there be absolute adherence to the supreme
law of the land, the Federal Constitution and unqualified acceptance of
judicial pronouncements. All I am doing is to point out to PAS the
status of the country as a secular state backed by the Federal
Constitution and a judicial pronouncement of the Supreme Court.
I have no personal agenda. As chairman of the DAP, I have to speak up in
the public interest and the interests of my party. I am not threatening
PAS. I am only making an attempt to get PAS leaders to accept reality. I
accept friends should not threaten each other. On the other hand, good
friends must point out the misconceptions of their friends.
Every effort should be made by the component parties of the Pakatan
Rakyat to work towards the aspirations of all the races in the country.
In this regard, the DAP will give its full support. In fact, the states
controlled by the Pakatan Rakyat are being well run and have the support
of the people.
The voters, particularly the Chinese, in the Kuala Terengganu
by-election should not be misled by MCA leaders who accepted the public
declaration by former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir in September, 2001 that
Malaysia was an Islamic state which meant application of hudud laws
because an Islamic state has to be ruled by hudud laws and no other laws
as is the case in Islamic states like Saudi Arabia and Iran. Not one MCA
leader criticised that declaration which was an open defiance of the
Constitution and the Supreme Court declaration in 1988. I was the DAP
which rose up vociferously in protest of the declaration to which MCA
was privy being a component party of the Barisan Nasional led by Dr
MCA president, Ong Tee Keat, was no stranger to the MCA then. Ong Tee
Keat should not pull wool over the eyes of the rakyat by now attempting
to be the champion of a secular state and opponent of hudud laws.
* Karpal Singh, DAP National Chairman & MP for Bukit