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Friday, May 27, 2016

DAP, PKR complicit in PAS hudud bid, insists Gerakan

KUALA LUMPUR - Gerakan’s Tan Keng Liang said today that PKR and DAP cannot distance themselves from PAS’s controversial bid to introduce hudud, saying the trio’s coexistence in the Selangor government showed continued ties among the former allies.

Tan, who is Gerakan Youth chief, also pointed out that the DAP had campaigned for PAS in Election 2013 when the two were still partners in the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact.

“In last GE, DAP asked ppl to vote PAS. And they r still together in Selangor govt. Pls be responsible & don’t try blame others @cmlimguaneng,” the politician wrote on Twitter.

“Will DAP b accountable over their last GE move to ask ppl vote PAS? Will @limkitsiang @cmlimguaneng b responsible? Or divert & blame others?” he asked, tagging DAP father-and-son team Lim Guan Eng and Lim Kit Siang in the post.

PAS’s long-anticipated Private Members’ Bill to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 [Act 355] finally made it to the Dewan Rakyat yesterday after several failed attempts but was later deferred at the request of its proposer, party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Abdul Hadi was allowed to read out the Bill after a motion to expedite the matter was tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

After the deferment, DAP leaders were quick to voice their opposition to the Bill, which aims to enable the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.

Guan Eng, who is DAP secretary-general, insisted that the proposed amendments were unconstitutional.

Kit Siang, DAP’s adviser and parliamentary leader, alleged that the Bill represented a new cooperation between Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS that would have cost the ruling coalition some losses if raised during the Sarawak election earlier this month.

Tan, however, reminded both men of their existing ties with PAS. He posted on Twitter a photograph of Kit Siang and Abdul Hadi, both smiling as they moved to embrace one another.

“Let’s not forget that PAS still have 3 EXCO members in Selangor govt. Both DAP & PKR still partnering PAS in Selangor,” he wrote in another posting.

“Will DAP/PKR hoodwink ppl again to vote PAS in Sg Besar & K.Kangsar ...just like last GE? See consequences while DAP/PKR washing their hands,” he added, referring to the looming by-elections in the Selangor and Perak federal seats.

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