PAS Should Remember That UMNO Did Not Lose But Actually Gained Malay Votes In The 2013 General Elections Despite Openly Opposing The Enforcement Of The Hudud Laws.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 30.4.2014.

I have personally spoken to Parliamentary Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim conveying the DAP top leadership’s anger at the lies spread by PKR National Vice-President Tian Chua that PR and DAP had agreed to PAS implementing hudud only in Kelantan and Terengganu. DAP considers it irresponsible, wrong and unethical for Tian Chua to drag DAP into adopting his stand of supporting PAS in implementing hudud laws within the borders of Kelantan and Terengganu, but not in other parts of Malaysia.

Datuk Seri Anwar had reaffirmed in both his private conversation with me and public statements yesterday that DAP had consistently opposed the implementation of hudud laws on Muslims in Kelantan. PR operates on a consensus basis with all 3 parties in DAP, PKR and PAS having to agree before a policy becomes PR policy. Therefore PAS’ policy of implementing hudud laws on Muslims in Kelantan is not PR policy because of DAP’s firm stand in opposing the implementation of hudud laws has not changed.

DAP leaders were shocked when Tian Chua declared in Chinese newspapers that implementing hudud laws in Kelantan and Terengganu is PR policy because this was agreed to by PR and DAP. Tian Chua’s lies were given wide coverage in the mainstream media despite not supported being facts or documentation.

Tian Chua and other non-Muslim PKR leaders have every right to support PAS implementing hudud laws on Muslims in Kelantan. However they should not drag DAP down to the same level as them to justify their support for PAS. DAP leaders hope that Tian Chua will stop repeating such lies in view of Datuk Seri Anwar’s publicly reaffirmation that DAP had never agreed to the implementation of hudud laws by PAS.

I would also wish to urge PAS leaders to focus on economic management and good governance, which will be the decisive factor in winning or losing elections. PR had recorded successes in the 2008 general elections because of UMNO’s failure in economic management and good governance leading to corruption and abuses of power. PAS won in 2008 general elections without campaigning on implementing hudud laws.

Even in the 2013 general elections, UMNO had won more seats and Muslim votes despite Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak declaring on 25.9.2011 that the Government will not enforce hudud law in Malaysia. Najib even said there were already elements of hudud in the present legal system “minus the extreme part”. However, Najib has now flip-flopped on the BN government’s previous position from not enforcing the hudud law to publicly lauding PAS’ proposals to implement hudud law and is willing to meet PAS leaders to discuss this.

Clearly UMNO has no principles and is now supporting the implementation of hudud to set up a devious political trap for PAS, that pits PAS against DAP with the sole intention of breaking up PR. If UMNO can win elections and Malay votes without campaigning on implementing hudud laws, PAS can do the same. Focus on issues of livelihood, economic, employment and educational opportunities will determine who wins the next general elections.

LIM GUAN ENG

—– Mandarin Version —-

民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2014年4月30日在吉隆坡发表声明:

伊斯兰党应该记住,尽管巫统公开反对伊斯兰刑事法,但是他们在2013年全国大选反而得到更多马来选票。

我已经跟国会反对党领袖拿督斯里安华传达行动党高层领袖的不满,公正党全国副主席蔡添强散布谎言指民联及行动党同意伊斯兰党只在吉兰丹及登嘉楼推行伊斯兰刑事法。行动党认为蔡添强这种言论是不负责任、错误及不道德的,他自己本身支持伊斯兰党在吉兰丹及登嘉楼(不在国内其它地区)推行伊斯兰刑事法,硬是要把行动党卷入在内。

拿督斯里安华已经在他跟我的对话及文告中一再强调,行动党一直以来都反对在吉兰丹向穆斯林推行伊斯兰刑事法。民联所推行的政策必须是三个成员党即行动党、公正党及伊斯兰党所达致的共识。因此,伊斯兰党要对吉兰丹穆斯林推行伊斯兰刑事法不是民联的政策,因为,行动党从来没有改变我们反对推行伊斯兰刑事法的立场。

行动党领袖看见蔡添强在华文报章提及在吉兰丹及登嘉楼推行伊斯兰刑事法是民联的政策、并由民联及行动党同意时,我们都很震惊。蔡添强的谎言获得各大主流媒体的报道,尽管并不是事实也没有文件证明。

蔡添强及其它非穆斯林公正党领袖绝对有权利支持伊斯兰党在吉兰丹穆斯林社群推行伊斯兰刑事法。但是,他们不应该把行动党拖下水,来合理化他们对伊斯兰党的支持。行动党领袖希望蔡添强能够停止散布谎言,因为拿督斯里安华已经公开重申,行动党从来没有支持伊斯兰党推行伊斯兰刑事法。

我也想要促请伊斯兰党领袖多多关注经济管理及良好施政问题,这将是决定大选输赢的关键。民联在2008年全国大选创下良好记录,是因为巫统的经济管理及施政失败导致贪污腐滥权问题。伊斯兰党在2008年全国大选虽然没有以伊斯兰刑事法为议题,依然大胜。

就算是2013年大选,尽管首相拿督斯里纳吉在2011年9月25日宣布政府绝不会在马来西亚推行伊斯兰刑事法,巫统也赢得更多议席及穆斯林选票。纳吉也说,在现有的法律制度里已经拥有“除去极端部分”的伊斯兰刑事法元素。但是,纳吉现在出尔反尔,改变国阵政府不强制推行伊斯兰刑事法的立场,进而赞扬伊斯兰党推行伊斯兰刑事法的建议,愿意与伊斯兰党进一步详谈。

很明显地,巫统没有原则,现在倒过来支持推行伊斯兰刑事法,为伊斯兰党设下一个迂回的陷阱,在伊斯兰党和行动党之间挑拨离间,无疑是要分裂民联而已。如果巫统在不用伊斯兰刑事法的议题下赢得选举及马来选票,伊斯兰党也可以。多关注人民的生活、经济、就业问题及教育机会问题吧!这些才是决定来届大选谁输谁赢的问题。

林冠英

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