Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Pakatan: Hudud not part of coalition common framework

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat has reiterated that hudud law is not part of its common framework and that any decision or changes made will be in consensus with PKR, PAS and DAP.

PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the coalition was still bound by the Federal Constitution, its Buku Jingga and the joint statement made last September in which the parties said they would defend the joint policies agreed to previously.

He said the relationship between the three parties was still solid although some were trying to portray it as otherwise.

“Our main focus is still the economy. The Pakatan spirit and cooperation is still strong and is not affected even in the slightest,” he said after the Pakatan leadership council meeting here yesterday.

Anwar also refuted claims that Pakatan would throw out the Constitution if it took over, stressing that guarantees under the Constitution would be maintained.

PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang said the party stood by the joint statement last September, the Buku Jingga and on Pakatan’s common policy.

“Islam and Malays have a right but we also respect the differences in ideology in Pakatan. If we need to discuss anything, we can do it internally and not through the media. Let us discuss Bersih first,” he said.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said Pakatan was committed to the spirit of the Constitution which included upholding Islam as the official religion while allowing other religions to be practised freely.

“Hudud is not in Pakatan’s common policy framework. We respect PAS views on hudud but our position is very clear that it is not in accordance with the Constitution,” he said, adding that any changes would be made following a consensus.

Yesterday’s meeting also touched on Bersih, electoral reforms and the coalition’s preparation for the general election.-MyStar


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