BY MELISSA CHI
The Malay Mail Online
April 11, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — Frustrated by repeated calls from MCA leaders for the DAP to make a stand on hudud, Lim Kit Siang told his political rivals today that his party will offer a free “kindergarten course” to set the record straight.
At a press conference here, the DAP veteran told MCA leaders that his party has never changed its position on hudud and will continue to maintain the opinion that the controversial Islamic penal code does not suit a multi-racial society like Malaysia.
“It is against the secular constitution of Malaysia and it’s not part of the Pakatan Rakyat policy consensus and therefore there is no change in DAP’s position or of any of the DAP leaders or DAP MPs, our position remains the same as in the past.
“So if MCA leaders find that they need to go to kindergarten to know our position, please read up on our statements, we have a full archive for them, we are prepared to give MCA leaders including their president and it’s deputy president a kindergarten course about DAP’s stand on hudud and other matters, we’ll give it free of charge also,” he told reporters at the DAP headquarters.
The PAS-led Kelantan government is planning to table two private Bills in Parliament, allowing the state to enforce hudud by early 2015.
Once implemented, crimes such as theft and liquor consumption could be punished with corporal punishment, even amputation.
Lim pointed out that each component party in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) respects the different position outside the common policy platform and they are bound only by its common policy platform.
“That does not mean that the individual component parties cannot have other positions on other issues because if that’s the case, there is no need for three separate parties, we’ll only have one party.
“But as far as Pakatan Rakyat is concerned, we are only bound by our common policy platform and that is very simple and straightforward. Somehow there are people who couldn’t understand,” the Gelang MP said.