FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 AUGUST 2012
HUDUD AND UMNO’S POLITICS OF DESPERATION
The latest efforts to sow racial and religious distrust as evidenced by the incessant playing of the issue of Hudud and the Islamic state in the UMNO controlled media once again underscores the politics of recklessness. These vile attempts at intimidation, incitement to religious and ethnic strife are the last desperate attempts to deflect from issues of corruption and abuse of power.
No matter how the issue is being spun by the UMNO media, we in Pakatan Rakyat remain committed to the fundamental principles enshrined in the Federal Constitution; the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation while guarenteing the freedom of other religions to be practiced in peace and harmony; Bahasa Melayu as the national language with liberty to use the mother tongues of the various races; sovereignty of the Malay rulers together with the position of the special privileges of the Malays and bumiputras and the rights of other races as protected by the Constitution.
The Pakatan Rakyat joint policy and the Orange Book remain intact as clear statements of our policies and principles of governance. Let us remain focussed on the agenda for change. We need to increase our competitiveness, the peoples income, quality of education, health and check the increasing cost of living burdening the people.
As for the Shariah, Hudud, and the Islamic state, we recognise and respect the different views and positions of the component parties in the Pakatan Rakyat. This is reflective of the politics of consensus. As a Muslim, I remain steadfast in my believe in the Quran and the Sunnah from which the principles of the Shariah are derived. I believe that the Maqasid al-Shariah (the higher objectives of the Shariah) are important principles of governance and are not inconsistent with the precepts of democracy.
In this regard, Pakatan Rakyat will remain guided by the principles of universal justice, good governance, accountability, transparency and competency in order to achieve public good for the people.
Let us not be way laid by the politics of desperation and intimidation of UMNO-BN. Place our trust in the maturity and wisdom of the people to evaluate this situation and make their independent choice.