DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng challenged MCA and Gerakan to give up their ministerial posts until Barisan Nasional’s twin declarations, that Malaysia is not a secular state and BN supports hudud to be implemented on Muslims in Kelantan, are reversed.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today challenged MCA and Gerakan on whether they dared to give up their ministerial posts and not enter Cabinet until Barisan Nasional’s (BN) twin declarations were reversed by the Prime Minister.
He was referring to the declaration made in Parliament recently on Malaysia not being a secular state and the support for hudud to be implemented on Muslims in Kelantan.
In a statement today, Lim also questioned whether Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong was willing to resign from his position as Member of Parliament (MP) until the PM acted on these issues.
“Why is MCA Deputy President Datuk Wee Ka Siong not reviewing MCA’s position in BN as promised following this development?”
In the case of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom’s statement on Malaysia not being a secular state, Lim argued that history had repeatedly stated otherwise and BN was taking an unconstitutional step here.
“The Federal Court had defied the decision of a five-member bench of the Supreme Court in 1988 on the case of Che Omar Che Soh vs Public Prosecutor, that the law in this country was secular.
“The Supreme Court in 1988 had fully considered all aspects, including the ‘history’ of Malaysia based on the Malay Sultanate who are also heads of Islam in their respective starts and the special position of Islam as the religion on the Federation of Malaysia but still ruled that the Federal Constitution was secular law,” Lim pointed out.
Lim added that all Malaysia’s former Prime Ministers, excluding Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had previously declared Malaysia as being a secular state.
“Our founding Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman was first recorded telling Parliament on May 1, 1958: ‘I would like to make it clear that this country is not an Islamic state as it is generally understood; we merely provided that Islam shall be the official religion of the state’.
“Tun Hussein Onn supported Tunku by rejecting the notion that Malaysia is an Islamic state, adding that ‘The nation can still be functional as a secular state with Islam as the official religion’. Neither did Tun Abdul Razak push for the implementation of hudud laws,” said Lim.
However, Lim stated that Dr Mahathir, at a Gerakan National Conference in 2001, had once declared Malaysia as an Islamic state.
“For this reason, the newly-elected MP for Teluk Intan Datuk Mah Siew Keong has deceived his voters that he will oppose hudud when Gerakan did not dare to object to Dr Mahathir declaring Malaysia as an Islamic state,” he added.
Lim also claimed that Najib was the first PM to state that BN did not object to the implementation of hudud laws on Muslims in Malaysia.
“Worse is the sense of betrayal felt by Sabahans and Sarawakians who clearly did not bargain for joining a Federation of Malaysia that is an Islamic state!”