PETALING JAYA: The justification PAS has given that severing the limbs of convicted criminals is meant to save society was torn to shreds by MCA who warned that the move would only create a “blood-thirsty” society hungry for savagery.
In a statement he issued today that was carried in The Star, Kelantan MCA secretary Lua Choon Hann said PAS was not “saving society by sacrificing the offender” but “On the contrary, PAS is creating a blood-thirsty society hungry for gory savagery and graphic images.”
Lua also poked holes in PAS’s explanation that the severing of limbs would be for the greater good of society, and argued instead that the convicted person and respective family members would suffer from stigmatism.
Expressing his sadness that PAS was intent on pushing for the “barbaric act of limb amputation” as allowed by hudud law, Lua argued that the Penal Code already dealt with several crimes.
“Legislations and punishments move with the times, and we have a Penal Code which already deals with theft, armed robbery, white collar crimes and cybercrimes,” he said, adding that current punishments also sought to rehabilitate convicted felons so they could be re-integrated into society upon their release.
Lua made these arguments in response to statements by Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Abdullah of PAS posted on his Facebook page extolling the virtues of hudud law that sacrificed the offender to save society.
Lua also demanded PAS clarify how they intended to order a doctor to surgically remove the limbs of convicted criminals when the Malaysia Medical Council and the Malaysia Medical Association had already issued warnings that they would revoke the medical practicing licences of surgeons who did it.
“How is public interest served when there is one less healthcare worker?” he asked.
He also wanted PAS to explain if the surgical removal of limbs would be carried out immediately after judgement, and if they were considering “re-attaching” the limb of the accused if the Court of Appeals or the Federal Court overturned the decision of the lower courts.
The issue of hudud law created angry reactions from non-Muslims this year when PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang introduced a Private Members Bill in Parliament seeking to allow Islamic courts to hand down sentences harsher than the current limits of a three-year jail term, RM5,000 fine and six lashes of the whip on Muslim offenders.