Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Malaysiakini - Khairy blasts Husam over U-turn

PETALING JAYA: Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin has taken PAS’ vice-president Datuk Husam Musa to task for making a quick U-turn on the issue of hudud and qisas implementation.

Husam’s hasty retraction of his statement that Pakatan Rakyat would have implemented the Islamic laws if they had been successful in taking over the Federal Government on Sept 16, said Khairy, was proof that PAS was subservient to DAP.

“Barely 24 hours after his statement which was made during a debate with me was reported in the Press, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang had objected to it, followed by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who was touted by Husam as the living model of Islamic leader Saidina Omar Abdul Aziz.

“And now, he has backed off. From someone who was full of conviction when talking about this issue in front of his supporters during the debate in Kota Baru, he is now just a shadow of his old self and so easily cowed by DAP’s pressure,” he said in his blog Out of The Cage published yesterday.

Husam, during the debate with Khairy at the Islamic Hall in Kota Baru on Saturday Night had reiterated Pakatan Rakyat’s conviction of implementing the hudud and qisas, had it managed to take over the Federal Government.

Khairy objected to Husam’s views and said the present status quo must remain.

However, on Monday, Husam admitted that it would be difficult for the hudud and qisas laws to be implemented as it would require the agreement of two other Pakatan Rakyat partners, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat, which had already objected to the plan.

The difficulties, he said, stemmed from the fact that all the three Pakatan Rakyat partners had signed an agreement in August stating that any policy change should have a multilateral agreement among them.

Source: The Star

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