Hudud controversy has returned to haunt Karpal Singh

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KUALA LUMPUR – Any attempt by PAS to espouse the introduction of hudud in the country now, reflects badly on the bona fides of what was decided at the PAS Muktamar last year, said DAP chairman Karpal Singh.

He said PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, at the party’s 57th Muktamar in June, last year, had publicly stated there was no mention of an Islamic state in the Al-Quran, but that there was a mention of a welfare state.

He said it reflected beyond doubt, that PAS had given up its aim to set up an Islamic state and clearly, opted for a welfare state.

In a statement here today, he said hudud was not included in Pakatan Rakyat’s common policy framework Buku Jingga.

“Likewise, it will not be included in the common manifesto of Pakatan Rakyat, it cannot be,” added Karpal.

He was commenting on a statement by PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi that Karpal was a non-believer based on his (Karpal’s) consistent stand in rejecting the hudud.

Karpal said: “No one, no party, no organisation can claim to have monopoly of God. I must state, with all the force at my command, that I believe in God.” – Bernama