Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Give PAS a Chance to Explain

DAP and PKR are adamant about not supporting PAS on the matter of hudud. Some quarters in the two parties have even lambasted PAS sternly. 

But I don’t think PAS partners have been fair to the Islamic party. The latter have always wanted to implement hudud in the country. PAS have made it very clear right from the beginning. So, if the party decide to introduce two private members bills in order to push for the implementation of hudud – so be it. 

After all, that is in keeping with PAS’ aspiration. I don’t see anything wrong with that. It is the party’s democratic right to present their case in Parliament. At the very least, DAP and PKR should respect that. PAS have already said they understand their allies' opposition and more so, they are not expecting DAP and PKR to lend support to hudud. They are being very realistic.

Already, PAS information chief and Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar (left) had reiterated that PAS would not force their hudud agenda on the rakyat nor implement it in a surreptitious and stealthy manner. 

Mahfuz explained: "PAS realizes this is a major move which needs legitimate democratic approval and at the same time, opens avenues for national debates involving all parties in Malaysia." 

And he also assured the public: "If the democratic process is not in favor of PAS, we will abide and are prepared to accept whatever decision”. 

In case Malaysians forget, it was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom, who challenged PAS in Parliament to bring forward the bills. 

Why don’t the MCA eunuchs scold UMNO? MCA are always barking up the wrong tree. 

Yesterday, I was at Monash University Sunway campus to attend their Toastmasters meeting. I was an evaluator for Akshay Adithiya who presented his CC graduation speech. The meeting started punctually but it was rambling at the start and that caused us to be behind by twenty minutes. Otherwise, it was a really good meeting! I would give it a score of a 4.5 over 10.


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