Zaid, PKR in new row over hudud

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KUALA LUMPUR: A fresh row on Is­lamic is­sues is tak­ing root be­tween PKR and DAP, fol­low­ing Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s at­tacks on Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail, who is said to be afraid to speak on hudud is­sues.

Zaid’s scathing Twit­ter thread yes­ter­day was met with re­buke by PKR Youth deputy chief Dr Afif Ba­hardin, who said as a “so­called demo­crat”, the DAP mem­ber should re­alise the many views of Mus­lims on the is­sue.

The is­sue of hudud reemerged af­ter DAP mem­bers claimed that Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang’s pri­vate mem­ber’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965 (Act 355) would serve as a back­door to hudud.

Afif de­fended his boss and said Dr Wan Az­izah was not at all afraid to speak on the is­sue.

“To say or even im­ply that Dr Wan Az­izah is afraid to speak on hudud or Is­lamic is­sues is wrong.

“She has made a stand on the mat­ter, to­gether with party de facto leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim, that any­thing con­cern­ing Act 355 and other mat­ters should be re­ferred to the se­lect com­mit­tee.

“As a so-called demo­crat, Zaid should know that there are var­i­ous views on the is­sue, and he should lis­ten and un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion well,” Afif said when con­tacted.

Yes­ter­day, Zaid, a for­mer min­is­ter, ex­tended his crit­i­cism to Muslim lead­ers in the Pakatan Hara­pan pact, save for Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad.

“Muslim lead­ers in Pakatan (with the ex­cep­tion of Tun) are al­ways afraid to an­swer ques­tions about hudud.

“Wan Az­izah is just one of them,” Zaid said in a tweet.

He was com­ment­ing on Dr Wan Az­izah’s in­ter­view with Al Jazeera jour­nal­ist Me­hdi Hasan, who had probed her stance on hudud and her po­si­tion as a “proxy” for hus­band and PKR de facto leader An­war.

Her re­sponse to the hudud ques­tion in the in­ter­view, which aired on Al Jazeera, in­clude the fol­low­ing: “Hudud is not im­ple­mented un­less all the things that are sup­posed to be in line with jus­tice are there”; “as a Muslim, you have to ac­cept it as God’s laws”; “im­ple­men­ta­tion is dif­fer­ent”; and, a clar­i­fi­ca­tion that she is not in a “po­si­tion as an ulama to talk about it”.

Zaid, who is known to be a pro­po­nent of sec­u­lar laws, also tweeted that re­li­gious laws would not en­sure free­dom of choice.

“If you want to be the leader of a multi-re­li­gious coun­try, you must be will­ing to de­fend sec­u­lar in­sti­tu­tions and laws.

“Only a sec­u­lar coun­try can en­sure free­dom and per­sonal choice, and re­li­gious laws do not,” Zaid said in another tweet.

To this, Afif said it was known that Zaid was never re­ally in favour of em­pow­er­ing syariah courts.

“We can see this from his tweets, and his opin­ions on the mat­ter.”

(From left) Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Datin Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail and Dr Afif Ba­hardin

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