‘Cracks waiting to break’ in Pakatan following dispute over hudud — Ahmad Zahid
BAGAN DATOH, Aug 5 — Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said "retak menanti belah" or cracks waiting to break have appeared in the opposition following DAP and PAS at loggerheads over the implementation of hudud law and setting up of an Islamic state as proposed by the latter.
He said Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the other partner in the opposition pact, meanwhile, was caught in the middle over the issue.
"Although DAP and PAS have appeared to be working together, DAP is dead against the setting up of an Islamic state which is proposed by PAS, and as DAP national chairman, Karpal Singh's view on this generally represents the party's.
"In the name of political compromise, PAS appears as if it is tolerant of DAP's stance on this matter but actually, PAS never agreed with DAP's open stand on this," he said after a premier Quran reading session for the Bagan Datoh parliamentary constituency, here, today.
He was earlier asked to comment on the open war of words between DAP and PAS over the hudud law issue after Karpal stated that the DAP would go against any attempt to implement hudud law in the country.
Ahmad Zahid said PAS should not hide behind its claim that DAP was supporting hudud law when Karpal had criticised PAS for being retrogressive by wanting to implement hudud law.
"Karpal's opinion was rebutted by PAS leaders, saying that hudud law could not be compromised or its implementation delayed. Hence, there is clear dichotomy over hudud between the two parties."
He added that PAS would lose its identity if it changed its stance of forming an Islamic state to a welfare state, which was the Pakatan's stand as a compromise to the differences in their political philosophies. — Bernama