DAP’s Consistent Opposition To Hudud Is Clear But Malaysians Will Determine Which Is More Extremist – UMNO That Wants To Impose Hudud On All Including Non-Muslims or PAS That Wants To Implement Hudud Only On Muslims.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 2.8.2012.

DAP’s Consistent Opposition To Hudud Is Clear But Malaysians Will Determine Which Is More Extremist – UMNO That Wants To Impose Hudud On All Including Non-Muslims or PAS That Wants To Implement Hudud Only On Muslims.

DAP’s consistent opposition to hudud is clear but Malaysians will determine which is more extremist – UMNO that wants to impose hudud on all including non-Muslims or PAS that wants to implement hudud only on Muslims. DAP’s co-operation with PAS under PR is principled in not just agreeing to disagree on hudud but also that any future PR Federal government is not about implementing an Islamic state or hudud.

This is clearly spelt out in the common policy signed by all 3 parties in PR which makes no mention of an Islamic state nor of implementing hudud. For that reason MCA and Gerakan’s attempts to put words of Islamic state and hudud into PR’s common policy when it is simply not there, is not only dishonest but also irresponsible.

How irresponsible both MCA and Gerakan are in playing this double-faced sandiwara can be seen that their press statements attacking DAP for supporting PAS hudud are rarely published in the Malay press controlled by UMNO. For instance Chinese papers give extensive full page coverage these last few days to MCA and Gerakan’s attacks on DAP on the question of hudud but not a single word is printed in the Malay papers.

Let me state that DAP supports Islam as the religion of Malaysia and that all races and non-Muslims enjoys the fundamental constitutional rights of freedom of religion. Unfortunately this constitutional right of freedom of religion by non-Muslims is not respected by UMNO, which has taken an extremist approach banning the use of the word “Allah” amongst non-Muslim and the Christian bible. In contrast PAS has taken the more englightened approach that there should be no such ban as the word “Allah” has been permitted to be used by non-Muslims for thousands of years, even in the Middle-East by non-Muslims, without any prohibition.

Further BN governments and institutions have destroyed Hindu temples from Selangor before 2008 to the present BN-controlled Penang Port Sdn Bhd chaired by an UMNO Assemblyman earlier this year. In contrast PR state governments have allocated funding and land to non-Muslim religious places of worship, the latest achievement being the completion of the largest Murugan temple outside India in Penang, which was stalled for 10 years under the previous BN government.

By trying to link DAP’s support to hudud when there is none, both MCA and Gerakan is like a “culprit hurling the accusation first” by trying to cover-up UMNO leaders’ support for hudud for all that is to be imposed even on non-Muslims. Johor Umno’s Kemelah state assemblyman Ayub Rahmat called for Johor to become the first state to implement “true hudud law”, which would differ from PAS’s version because UMNO’s “true hudud law” would be non-discriminatory as it would be imposed on non-Muslims. Not only did Penang State Opposition Leader Dato Azhar Ibrahim but the Kepala Batas Wanita UMNO Division also passed a resolution supporting hudud for all.

In other words, UMNO is more extreme in wanting to implement hudud for all on non-Muslims as compared to PAS who wants to see hudud implemented only on Muslims. I do not see top Gerakan leaders attacking UMNO leaders nor MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek using the same remarks of “political eunuchs” on UMNO. Why has MCA nor Gerakan not left BN because of UMNO leaders open support for hudud for all?

DAP and PAS can and should co-operate for the future of Malaysians on common principles that unites us as compared to continue to benefit BN by allowing these differences to divide us. Despite these differences, both DAP and PAS have a common stand in fighting corruption and abuse of power as well as establishing integrity in leadership focusing on competency, accountability and transparency.

We agree on a welfare state to protect the poor, destitute, sick and those who neeed help. Most important of all both parties must bring hope to Malaysians that there can be unity in diversity in that our commonalities are stronger than our differences to give equal opportunity that enables Malaysians to live with dignity.

—Mandarin Version —–

民主行动党秘书长及峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2012年8月2日在吉隆坡发表的文告。

民主行动党始终如一的反对伊斯兰刑事法,但全马来西亚人将决定谁最极端——到底是要将伊斯兰刑事法实施于全民包括非穆斯林的巫统极端,还是只要将伊斯兰教刑事法实施於伊斯兰教徒的伊斯兰党极端。

民主行动党始终如一的反对伊斯兰刑事法,但全马来西亚人将决定谁最极端——到底是要将伊斯兰刑事法实施于全民包括非穆斯林的巫统极端,还是只将伊斯兰教法刑事法实施於穆斯林的伊斯兰党极端。

在民联之下,行动党与伊斯兰党结盟,不只是基于不同意伊斯兰刑事法的原则,也是基于在未来民联执政的联邦政府,不实施伊斯兰教国及伊斯兰刑事法。

这在民联3党签署的共同政策已经清楚说明,不提伊斯兰国及实施伊斯兰刑事法。因此,马华及民政党硬将民联3党共同政策中不存在的伊斯兰国及实施伊斯兰刑事法,说成是民联的共同政策,这是非常不老实及不负责任的。

从马华及民政攻击行动党支持伊斯兰党伊斯兰刑事法的新闻言论,可看出马华、民政正在大玩两面人手法,因为这些文告鲜少刊登在巫统控制的马来报章。过去几天,当中文报一大版地刊登马华及民政攻击行动党关于伊斯兰刑事法的时候,却难以在马来报章看到片言只语。

让我重申,行动党支持伊斯兰教作为马来西亚国教,同时全民及非穆斯林享有宪法赋予的宗教自由基本权力。很不幸的,巫统并不尊重宪法赋予非穆斯林宗教自由的权力,禁止非穆斯林及基督教徒使用“阿拉”字眼。相反地伊斯兰党采取了开明的态度,认为不应该禁止非穆斯林使用“阿拉”字眼,因为“阿拉”这字眼已经被非穆斯林沿用了数千年,即使在中东,非穆斯林也不受禁止的沿用“阿拉”字眼。

更甚的是,国阵政府及机构还拆除兴都庙,从2008年前国阵执政的雪州,及今年初国阵控制、巫统州议员出任主席的槟城港口有限公司,都有拆除兴都庙的纪录。相反地,民联州政府拨款拨地给非穆斯林宗教场所,最近的建树就是在槟城完成印度境外最大的姆鲁甘战神庙,之前该庙在国阵的统治之下被搁置了10年。

马华及民政企图指控行动党支持伊斯兰刑事法,根本只是“恶人先告状”,目的只是掩护巫统领袖支持对全民包括非穆斯林,实施伊斯兰刑事法。柔佛巫统哥美拉州议员阿育拉末公开呼吁柔佛成为首个实施“真的刑事法”的州属,有别于伊斯兰党,这“真的刑事法”将一视同仁实施于非穆斯林身上。同时,在槟州,不只槟州反对党领袖拿督阿查哈支持对全民实施伊斯兰刑事法,连甲抛峇底巫统区会妇女组也通过动议支持全民实施伊斯兰刑事法。

换句话说,巫统要在全民包括非穆斯林身上实施伊斯兰刑事法,比伊斯兰党只限于伊斯兰教徒来得更加极端。在此,我看不到民政党高层领袖攻击巫统领袖,也看不到马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历针对巫统要实施刑事法,使用他惯用“政治太监”一词。为什么马华及民政没有因为巫统领袖公开支持全民实施刑事法而离开国阵?

行动党与伊斯兰党必要及必须在共同原则之下,为了马来西亚全民的未来而结盟及团结一致,而不是让国阵坐享其成,一直利用此分歧来分化我们。除了此分歧,行动党与伊斯兰党有着共同的立场,一起打击贪污、滥权,同时专注在以能干、公信、透明的方式,实施廉洁的领导。

我们一起有着福利国的共识,保护贫病及需要帮助的人士。最重要的是两党都必须为马来西亚人带来希望,让全民在多元化之下团结一致,让全民的共同优点远强于歧异,提供全民公平的机会,赋权予全马来西亚人有尊严的生活。

林冠英

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