Malaysia's Kelantan MCA to initiate legal action against PAS over hudud

KOTA BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Kelantan Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) will initiate legal action on behalf of the party to stop Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) from going further in tabling the hudud through private member's bills.

Kelantan MCA chairman Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung said that the party was disappointed with the amendments made to the Shariah Criminal Code II 1993 that were passed unanimously on Thursday.

"MCA is not anti-Islam but is against PAS's hudud that has been politicised to gain political mileage for the benefit of the party.

"The party will go all out to protect Chinese rights although PAS has said that hudud will not involve non-Muslims. The majority should look after the welfare of the minority and listen to their grouses," he said after meeting the state MCA at the headquarters here on Friday.

Asked about the support of 12 Umno lawmakers in favour of the amendments, Dr Hou said MCA's position will depend on the statement given by Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

On Thursday, 44 assemblymen passed the amendments made to the Bill that was tabled by Kelantan Mentri Besar at the state legislative assembly meeting here.

The amendments will be inserted in two Private Members Bills and will be tabled by a PAS MP in parliament to pave way for hudud to be practised and enforced in Kelantan, superseding the common law of Penal Code.