We’re a mere fortnight away from the historic sitting of the state assembly in Kelantan on March 18 to table the hudud amendment bill.
And hudud is just the lever to pry the Islamist party away from its coalition partner DAP. Despite their earlier charade of being Islam-friendly, DAP is dead set against this law under Islam for meting out capital and corporal punishment .
Needless to say, it is to Umno’s best interest – if not the BN’s very survival – for PAS to leave Pakatan.
And thus Umno is, apparently, prepared to support the Kelantan hudud bill. This move will open the door for the co-operation between Umno and PAS at state level.
In his article today ‘Formula perpaduan PAS-Umno telah ditemui‘, chief editor of Merdeka Online Tuan Haji Al-Azharri Siddiq Kamuni wrote that a unity government will allow PAS to maintain its Islamic identity and core struggle without any further need to beg and plead with the DAP.
“Umno with its strong position and as the leading [party] in BN does not have any problem in supporting the implementation of hudud law in Kelantan”, said Al-Azharri.
He reminds us that the unity format has already a precedent in 1973 when a co-operation was forged between Tun Razak and PAS president Asri Muda during their meeting which was held overseas. Upon their return to the country, PAS was brought into the BN.
Will Najib be able to pull off what his father succeeded in doing?
More interestingly, Al-Azharri reveals that the federal government has already prepared “complete facilities” for the Kelantan state government to carry out hudud law.
Muslim unity in, first, Kelantan will circumvent the objections of the DAP which has been a “thorn in the flesh” to PAS, in addition to serving as the pioneering step towards unity in the federal government, Al-Azharri believes.
Following the current development, whether PAS elects to be outside Pakatan or sign up as an associate member of the BN or remain independent is up to the Islamist party, he added, but what is paramount is that the whole ummah is most eager for hudud law to happen.