So much for freedom of speech

The Opposition issued a second gag order for the party leaders, within less than two months. This time, it is about the ‘Hudud Issue’ which raised a lot of controversy when PAS Spiritual Leader and Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Aziz Nik Mat last week insisted that they are very into implementing Hudud, just like what they promised 21 years ago.

Published: Monday September 26, 2011 MYT 4:18:00 PM
Updated: Monday September 26, 2011 MYT 6:35:41 PM

Pakatan Rakyat issues gag on hudud

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat has issued a gag order on hudud until its leaders meet over the matter on Wednesday.

PAS secretary general Datuk Mustafa Ali reiterated that the coalition would not be affected over the controversy nor bow to pressure to divide them.

“We will keep working together to prepare for the general election.

“There is no question that Pakatan will split. We will solve this issue at the meeting, God willing,” he told a press conference with PKRsecretary-general Saifuddin Nasution and DAP representative Anthony Loke.

“We can solve differences in opinion. Our cooperation is far stronger and mature now,” Saifuddin said.


This is a second gag order issued by PAS Secretary General on behalf of his party and it is a capital issue about Islam and the administration the religion of the Federation of Malaysia. The first time was when the controversy arisen from the decision of JAIS to raid the Damansara Utama Methodist Church in early August and PAS leaders were up at arms against the Selangor Exco in-charge of Islamic Affairs Dato’ Dr Hassan Mohd. Ali.

DAP went very strong against PAS in both cases.

DAP had never been convinced with PAS on their aspiration to form ‘An Islamic State’ despite the Erdogan-controlled PAS changed their direction for a ‘Welfare State’ call in their most recent PAS muktamar. The two parties have been against each other on fundamental Islam issue despite they fronted it differently, for political reasons.

For the longest time, DAP had been vehemently against PAS’s intention for Hudud Laws. This round, their arguments been centred around “Hudud was never part of Buku Jingga“. Now, DAP leaders have threatened to leave the tri-party coalition, which was never formalised from day one.

Monday September 26, 2011

DAP leaders threaten to quit Pakatan council

“If there is any mention that we want to implement hudud law in our common policy framework and the Buku Jingga, the party’s entire central committee will resign,” DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng told reporters after opening DAP Federal Territories convention here yesterday.

He said the Pakatan pact among DAP, PAS and PKR had been agreed upon in “black and white” and aimed at collaboration on common issues such as justice, the fight against corruption and upholding human rights.

“Hudud law was never included in Pakatan’s common policy framework and, if it is not included, it should not be part of the agenda,” he said.

“Each one may have their own views on respective issues but that does not mean we cannot cooperate and collaborate on common issues,” he said.

On PAS being adamant on including hudud law or the formation of an Islamic state in Pakatan’s common policy framework for the next general election, Lim said DAP would not agree to such amendments.


‘Gag Order’ only proven two very important points about the Unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows;

1. There is no such thing as ‘Freedom of Speech’ in their practice despite they are championing otherwise

2. PAS and DAP can never work together as they have very opposing position on fundamental issues such as Islam Vs Secularism and neither of them willing to either compromise nor meet half way

So many questions lurk in our minds:

1. How will the Opposition work together from now on that even though PAS as a party is willing to compromise their ‘Islamic State’ as an official stand, there are some PAS leaders would never sacrifice their fundamental struggle that got them to use Islam for politics

2. If they can issue ‘Gag Orders’ for their own leaders, then it is a clear demonstration that they were never serious about championing the true spirit of democracy and most importantly, do not trust each other for not saying the right or politically correct things

3. How could they forge a sustainable coalition and eventually offer themselves as credible alternatives to Barisan Nasional when they strongly aspire very opposite directions and principles

4. PAS Secretary General Mustaffa Ali issues this ‘Gag Order’. Who is actually calling the shots, as the Opposition Leader is Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim

5. Is Nik Aziz’s intention to bring up Hudud at this point of time, is a ‘Wayang‘ to deflect other issues away from attention?

Very pertinent issues. Very fundamental issues. Their relationship which always deemed to be doubtful has now been casted in tombstones. Let alone how they are able to manage the country with so many variables in the most complex permutation.

Needless to say, neither any of them could be trusted. Then, now and in the future.

Published in: on September 26, 2011 at 18:53  Comments (2)  

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  1. Gag order is not applicable to Nik Aziz. Tok Guru has alot to say about the introduction and implementataion of hudud. Just yesterday Karpal Singh has called on Nik Aziz to clarify his Hudud decision…and now gag order. How to clarify?

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