KUALA LUMPUR: The DAP accepts Islam as the country’s official religion as long as PAS has no plan to turn the country into an Islamic state or introduce hudud laws, its chairman Karpal Singh said. He said that he had, at no time, belittled Islam and DAP had no quarrel with PAS except for its fundamental ideology to turn Malaysia into an Islamic state and introduce hudud laws. Karpal Singh said the DAP accepted Islam as the official religion of the country as guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.
“PAS must accept and face reality and not depart from what the Constitution provides and the views of former prime ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Hussein Onn. “There’s no doubt that the Chinese and Indians in Kelantan are happy, but that doesn’t mean that they subscribe to the creation of an Islamic state or the introduction of hudud laws,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Karpal Singh said the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, comprising DAP, PKR and PAS, could defeat Barisan Nasional in the next general election provided PAS does not insist on turning the country into an Islamic state or seek the introduction of hudud laws.
On Sunday, PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat criticised Karpal Singh for saying that PAS should not dream about becoming the backbone of the proposed coalition and establishing an Islamic state in the country. (The Star : Apr 8, 2008)