PULAU PINANG - Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is falling over himself trying to introduce the anti-hopping law, should concentrate on the more pressing need to table an anti-hudud bill to show that the DAP is really against the introduction of such Islamic law.
DAP secretary-general has been challenged to immediately table an
Anti-hudud bill in Penang to guarantee the people that such a law
would never find its way into the state no matter who takes control of
human rights and legal bureau chief Baljit Singh said the need for such
a bill was more pressing now that DAP's allies in Pas were increasingly
showing their commitment to introduce hudud law in the event Pakatan
comes into power.
leaders like Karpal Singh have been consistent in saying that Pas will
not be allowed to go on with its plan to introduce hudud. However, Guan
Eng and his father Lim Kit Siang have so far refrained from issuing any
strong statements condemning Pas' hudud.
is despite the fact that Pakatan leaders declaring to Malaysians that
Pas had abandoned its hudud agenda in favour of a welfare state. The
only way for DAP to show it is really sincere in opposing hudud is to introduce an anti-hudud law in Penang immediately," he said.
said only by tabling such a Bill in the state legislative assembly can
the DAP prove to the people that it was really against hudud and all the
statements that Karpal had been issuing to reject the introduction of
the Islamic law was genuinely the stand of the party.
added that although Karpal had been vocal in opposing hudud,
Pas leaders had continued to declare that such a law was still on
recently, even Guan Eng's good friend and former cellmate Mat Sabu - who
is Pas deputy president, had stated that Pas' hudud would be the first
issue on the agenda should Pakatan come into power.
Mat Sabu is now trying to backtrack on his statement, other Pas leaders
have come forward to say the same thing. Guan Eng cannot plead
ignorance about what is going on.
he has the power to do so, Guan Eng must show that Penang will take the
first step to oppose hudud and table an anti-hudud bill immediately.
Surely this is more important than an anti-hopping bill," he added.
added that unlike the anti-hopping bill, Guan Eng would not have
any problems getting the anti-hudud bill through as matters concerning
religion were under state jurisdiction.
said Section 9 of the Federal Constitution clearly guaranteed this and
Guan Eng should not dilly dally or give any excuses on why he cannot
table the anti-hudud law.
is fighting very hard to get the anti-hopping law tabled and has milked
the maximum publicity for it despite knowing that it is unlikely to get
anywhere due to provisions in the Federal Constitution.
was reported that Guan Eng has been pushing for an anti-hopping
law although he has openly voiced support for the defections by Sabah BN
his father has praised the two Sabah MPs, Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing
and Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin for crossing over to Pakatan.
Siang and the entire Pakatan camp had, ahead of Anwar's Sept 16 fiasco
in 2008, also supported the Pakatan de-facto leader's attempt to rope in
at least 30 Barisan MPs to make up the 112 elected reps that the PKR
supreme chief needed for a simple majority to form the Federal
A columnist in a local newspaper has also questioned Guan Eng's real motives for the anti-hopping law.
"Guan Eng's U-turn while unexpected and startling has not come as a big surprise, considering the dilemma he is currently in.
he trying to play safe and keep Penang his “fiefdom” on the eve of a
general election, just as PAS had tried in Kelantan and Tan Sri Joseph
Pairin Kitingan had once done in Sabah?." K.Baradan of The Star
Guan Eng's critics claim that the Chief Minister's rush to push for the
anti-hopping law was an indication that all is not well among the DAP,
Pas and PKR in Penang.
are linking the anti-hopping bill to the recent meeting among state
PKR leaders where Penang PKR chief Mansor Othman labelled Guan Eng as
a cocky and arrogant leader who is considered a `tokong` (deity) by his supporters.
had also openly warned PKR leaders here that the DAP was trying to move
in and grab more seats from their ally. The move he said was to enable
DAP to form the Penang state government on its own after it gained the majority number of seats.
DAP, and especially Guan Eng, is well aware that he no longer commands
the kind of blind support he got before and immediately after the 2008