Friday, October 20, 2017


17 OCTOBER 2017

I refer to the article on page 11 of today’s Borneo Post, which quotes PBDSB president John Cobbold as saying that PKR President Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had expressed support for the implementation of hudud, which indirectly showed PH’s support for the Islamic state concept.

This statement is either made in ignorance or in malice. Cobbold John should check his facts before trying to mislead people by putting words in the mouths of others. He should know that one of the reasons PAS left the PR coalition was PKR’s firm stand against the RUU355 hudud bill introduced by Hadi Awang in parliament, which is yet to be debated. DS Wan Azizah had said that it is the right of any MP to submit a bill but she had also said on many more occasions that PKR MPs will vote against the bill if it is debated and put to the vote.

As for PKR Sarawak’s stand, it is clear from the many statements we have made that we are firmly against hudud and the attempts by certain parties, PAS and UMNO to turn Malaysia into an Islamic country.

The general election draws near, and many are now eyeing the opportunity to contest, and trying to increase their visibility and presence in the media and public. However, to do so by making untruthful statements is simply unprofessional and unbecoming of an aspiring politician. Let us not adopt UMNO’s brand of politics in Sarawak.

Baru Bian
Chairman, PKR Sarawak / ADUN N81 Ba’ Kelalan

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