Abang Jo­hari reaf­firms Ade­nan’s stand on Hudud

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KUCHING: Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg has reaf­firmed his pre­de­ces­sor the late Datuk Pat­inggi Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem’s stand on Hudud.

Abang Jo­hari said Sarawak Barisan Na­sional (BN) will op­pose the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Hudud law.

“As far as we are con­cerned, this is our stand that we will not sup­port Hudud law. That was what Tok Nan wanted and that stand still stands.

“We are now here and we will do the same thing be­cause we have to take into con­sid­er­a­tion our con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ment and the sit­u­a­tion in Sarawak,” he said in a press con­fer­ence at his of­fice in Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yes­ter­day.

Abang Jo­hari was asked to re­spond to a call by state PKR chair­man Baru Bian for him to make a pub­lic af­fir­ma­tion on the stand made by his pre­de­ces­sor on Hudud.

In Nov last year, Ade­nan re­it­er­ated the state’s stance against the im­ple­men­ta­tion of hudud law.

How­ever, Ade­nan said the state gov­ern­ment would not make a de­ci­sion on the amend­ment tio the Syariah Courts Act (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965 (Act355) for the time be­ing, pend­ing the out­come of a se­lect com­mit­tee on the amend­ment of the Act be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sion whether to sup­port or op­pose it.

When prompted that Sara­tok MP Tan Sri Wil­liam Mawan and Bin­tulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing had openly de­clared that they would sup­port the Act 355 amend­ment Bill, Abang Jo­hari said: “I don’t know be­cause I didn’t read their state­ments. But as far as we are con­cerned, no Hudud law in Sarawak.”

De­spite Tiong who is the pres­i­dent of Sarawak Pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic Party ( SPDP) and Mawan, who is BN-friendly MP declar­ing that they would sup­port the Bill, the ma­jor­ity of Sarawak BN lead­ers had ob­jected to the Bill to amend Act 355.

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