The Kelantan state assembly should shelve the special state assembly sitting on 29 December to table and pass amendments to the Kelantan Shariah Criminal Code Enactment in view of the calamitous flood disaster in the East Coast.
It should instead focus all efforts on channelling emergency relief and aid to the suffering people of the East Coast.
Now is not the time to play politics or to use religion to achieve political ends. It is ridiculous for the Pasir Mas MP to claim that the floods should serve as an impetus to implement hudud in Kelantan. (Many Malaysians on social media think the reverse is true. One even commented that Pasir Mas voters now face a tough choice choosing between Nik Mohamad Abduh and Ibrahim Ali!)
When he should be focusing on the rescue and relief efforts and flood mitigation measures for the future, when he should be trying to find out the real factors behind the worsening floods, Nik Abduh has time to make such illogical comments.
For Nik Abduh’s information, hudud goes against what the drafters of the Federal Constitution had envisaged for the character of the nation. And some would say it is a betrayal of the Pakatan consensus going into the last general election. (The sole PKR state assembly rep in the Kelantan state assembly could end up staying away from the sitting.) But Nik Abduh obviously doesn’t care that the hudud vote in Kelantan could lead to the break up of Pakatan – exactly what the BN would be hoping for.
But it won’t be plain sailing for the BN either. If the vote does go ahead, it would be interesting to see how the Umno reps would vote. I am sure Umno’s coalition partners in Sabah and Sarawak would be watching carefully.
Meanwhile, it is appalling that Najib is away playing golf with Obama at this time when he should be showing real leadership at a time of disaster in the East Coast. Another sign that he is a lameduck prime minister who is unable to prioritise the real needs of the people.
Is Obama’s pat on Najib’s shoulder a sign that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which is likely to prioritise the interests of multinational corporations and put Malaysia firmly in the US sphere of influence, is a done deal?
And with Malaysia chairing Asean in 2015, the year the Asean community is formed, will Asean similarly be dragged into the US ambit?