Well, I are not surprised that PAS raises again the issue of Hudud and Qisas. Indeed, PAS has never gone ‘moderate’ despite veiling its demand for an Islamic state in the last general election. Be rest assured, PAS will impose Islamic law at the first expedient opportunity. After all, isn’t there an Islamic term ‘Hudna’ – truce or [temporary] cessation of hostility. The truce is only an opportunity to regroup, rebuild one’s strength until the conditions are ripe for the next decisive blow to the enemy.
[I quote from the authoritative classic manual of Islamic Sacred Law, Reliance of the Traveller by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller, section o9.16, Amanah Publication (1994), pp. 604-605] – In Sacred Law truce means a peace treaty with those hostile to Islam, involving cessation of hostility for a specific period, whether for payment or something else…Interests that justify making a truce are such things as Muslim weakness because of lack of numbers or materiel [sic], or the hope of an enemy becoming Muslim… If the Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for ten years if necessary…It is not permissible to stipulate longer than that, save by means of new truces, each of which does not exceed ten years…The rulings of such a true are inferable from those of the non-Muslim poll tax (jizyah).
Still, we should not over-react. It is tempting to call for an immediate expulsion of PAS from Pakatan Rakyat. I think for the time being we still need to maintain some working relationship with PAS, while continuing to demand that they drop the idea of implementing Islamic Hudud laws. We need to take a global view of Malaysian politics and what is politics but the art of managing temporary compromises for long term strategic goals?
Arguably, we need to support any effort to consolidate Malaysian politics along the lines of a two-party system. We work with PAS, but the working relationship will always be conditional and subject to review on a case by case basis. We may sometimes need to stay close to the wolf disguised in grandmother’s clothing, but at least we never forget the nature of the beast. Keep Red Riding Hood’s scissors always at hand (at least in my version of the story, Red Riding Hood is smart enough not to be eaten and has the scissors to rescue her grandmother).
There seems little difference between PAS and UMNO nowadays and no wonder they are very happy talking to one another. Well, at the moment UMNO is doing worser things given its executive powers. In the long term, we share no illusion about either of them. Pick your choice – do you prefer to die from an immediate cobra bite or a slow python’s squeeze?
In any case, the immediate responsibility of the non-Muslim parties should be as follows: DAP condemns PAS overt Islamic agenda, MCA condemns UMNO’s covert Islamic agenda (which seems rather absent) and both DAP and MCA condemns PAS overt Islamic agenda
Malaysiakini July 30, 2008. Link
Nik Aziz wants hudud, MCA flabbergasted
Jul 30, 08 7:59pm
PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has thrown a spanner in the works on the PAS-Umno talks by suggesting that the Islamic hudud criminal law be the platform of a future union of the two rival parties.
Not surprisingly, MCA – the second largest party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition – is flabbergasted by the proposal.
“I am disappointed and gravely concerned with Nik Aziz’s statement to implement hudud and qisas laws as it would mean the creation of a theocratic Islamic state,” MCA Youth secretary-general Wee Ka Siong.
“I urge Umno to object against PAS’ proposal as it is a matter of principle,” added Wee, who is vying for the Chinese-based party’s vice-president post in the upcoming polls in October.
Proposal ‘totally unacceptable’
The deputy education minister has described Nik Aziz’s idea as “totally unacceptable by MCA”.
Nik Aziz, who had previously opposed talks with its ideological rival, said that his party would propose the implementation of hudud and qisas laws should the PAS-Umno merger becomes a reality.
Under Islam, crimes classified under hudud such as murder, theft and adultery carry severe punishment including the amputation of limbs and stoning to death.
Meanwhile, qisas (law of retaliation) allows for, among others, compensation in the form of money or property if the heirs of the victim forgive the murderer.