Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today was non-committal over the proposal to table a motion, requested by the opposition, to declare that hudud would not be implemented in the state. Malaysian Insider Desmond Davidson has this report:
“We’ll deal with it when the time comes,” Adenan said when asked about PKR state chairman Baru Bian’s written request last week for the Barisan Nasional to take the lead and table the motion.
The request was made after PAS, with the support of BN-Umno lawmakers in the Kelantan state assembly, passed the Islamic criminal law in the state.
Adenan said the decision on Baru’s request would be made before the state assembly sitting.
He, however, clarified that the Sarawak BN had made their stand known on the law.
“If you refer to the last sitting, I have said it… the hudud will not be implemented in Sarawak,” he said, in his news conference to highlight the latest success of the state’s fight against illegal logging.
Adenan pointed out that as far as he was concerned, BN component parties, at the BN Supreme Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur, were “almost unanimous” in their opposition to the implementation of hudud.
He would not disclose who the dissenters were, though a few Umno MPs have declared they would support the law.
Adenan, nonetheless, said component parties from Sarawak and Sabah were “unanimous” in their stand against hudud.
Three of Sarawak’s four BN parties, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and the Sarawak Progressive Democrative Party (SPDP), have declared their MPs would vote the hudud bill down if and when it’s tabled in parliament by PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang as a private member’s bill.
The state’s two pro-BN parties, the United People’s Party (UPP) and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) have also declared they are against hudud and their MPs would vote the bill down.
Baru, the Ba Kelalan assemblyman, in his letter on March 25 asked Adenan to make a firm stand on the implementation of hudud in Sarawak.
He said, due to the issue “attracting increasing attention and the considerable alarm about it amongst Sarawakians”, PKR’s state leadership council in its meeting on the night of March 24, had resolved to have the BN table a non-partisan motion to declare hudud would not be implemented in Sarawak.
Baru said he and PKR’s two other lawmakers – Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How and Krian assemblyman Ali Biju – would support the motion.
The DAP, which has 12 representatives in the 71-member assembly, is also expected to throw their full support if the motion is tabled.
DAP is vehemently against the implementation of the hudud and had last week taken the decision to sever its ties with the state Pakatan Rakyat due to the presence of PAS.
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