Ex-PAS No 2 Nasharuddin says DAP chairman Karpal's rejection of hudud points to Islamophobia and chides his party for remaining silent on the issue.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa today accused his fellow Pakatan Rakyat member Karpal Singh of being anti-Islam and called on the party leadership to make its stand on the hudud debacle clear.
The Bachok MP also claimed that there is a growing disquiet among the party’s grassroots over the DAP chairman’s “blatant” rejection of the Islamic penal law and PAS’ seemingly passive stand on the longstanding controversial issue.
Speaking to reporters today soon after returning from Saudi Arabia, Nasharuddin said Karpal’s reasoning for his rejection of hudud pointed towards Islamophobia.
“I maintain that Karpal is not anti-hudud but anti-Islam. As an experienced lawyer he knows what is substantive law and procedural law.
“Hudud requires the burden of proof of the highest standards before it is implemented. Conviction in hudud requires evidential proof without any shadow of doubt but he rejects all this because it is an Islamic law,” he said.
The PAS leader also said that since Karpal had said that the implementation of Islamic laws would be “over my dead body”, Nasharuddin would do the same to uphold his religion and is ready to break ranks with anyone seen compromising on the issue.
“So it is up to them, those who, because of their political play, would wish to remain muted devils as those cited by the party’s top leadership. Insyallah, I will not allow any quarters to insult my religion.
“Does our religion tells us that it is fine to cooperate with those fighting against Islam?”
The former PAS No 2 sparked controversy when he was said to have criticised his own party’s position on the hudud debate during his trip to Saudi Arabia, a criticism he repeated today.
Nasharuddin, who was ousted as deputy president for his pro-cooperation stand with the ruling party Umno, was also seen mingling with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on the trip which prompted some party leaders to question his loyalty.
‘I’m still with PAS’
The Bachok MP denied accusations that he was a “traitor” and said he saw no harm in meeting Najib who is a fellow Muslim to find “solutions to problems” facing Islam.
He also dismissed allegation that Najib had singled him out for the trip due to his alleged pro-Umno stand.
“What was discussed was for the good of Islam. It is above PAS or Umno,” he said, adding that his support remains with the former.
PAS’ leadership had said that it would agree to observe the opposition bloc’s common policy framework of upholding what is only provided in the Federal Constitution.
But some PAS leaders continued to issue public statements saying they would fight for the implementation of hudud, prompting a staunch secularist Karpal to accuse the Islamist party of reneging on its promise to end the hudud debate.
Observers, however, said they believe PAS has no intention of disrespecting what had been agreed by all the component parties and that the statements were made to mitigate the damage created from the perception that the Islamist party is going soft.
Nik Aziz nafi mahu Nasha keluar PAS