Tuesday, November 27, 2012

PAS tactical redeployment?

Malaysia-Today (26 Nov 2012) - K'tan govt firm on implementing Islamic law on non-Muslims

The Kelantan government remains firm on implementing Islamic law on non-Muslims despite strong objection from DAP national chairman Karpal Singh.
State Housing, Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the state government was prepared to face the risk of being sued by non-Muslims as each policy made in Kelantan was in line with the provisions in the Constitution.
"I don't want to comment on Karpal's statement. Firstly, I did not hear it directly from him, and secondly, if Karpal sees this legislation, he will agree with me. He's a lawyer.
"It's his right to sue the Kota Baharu Municipal Council (MPKB)...but read this law carefully, otherwise he (Karpal) will have to pay the (court) costs. We are not trying to be smart when we draw up a law or an act," he told a press conference at the MPKB building, here, today.

The Islamic morality by-laws implemented by the Kota Bharu Municipal Council are not meant to be expanded and implemented on non-Muslims, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said today.

This is clear in the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment (II) 1993, which is not applicable to non-Muslims, Hadi said in a statement.

* Tactical redeployment = retreat (temporarily? for a future advance?)


  1. must say that pas and pakatan policticians are a clever lot -

    bringing up issues like this and then giving in to what non muslims want to show how it would be under the pas pakatan government.


  2. PAS screwed up this time. They can try to redeploy later but will be met with resistance (unless they conspire with UMNO) to enforce it.

    In an unrelated issue, there is an interesting news from Sultan of Kelantan : in a speech in a conference, he refered to the 1988 judicial crisis as "the few years of darkness in our country's history", see http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/political-news/225824-sultan-never-allow-repeat-of-judicial-crisis.html.

    Let's see how Dr M respond to this.