1) M’sia Islamist party pushes for sharia penalties
A LEADER of Malaysia’s Islamist party, which made surprising gains in March elections, wants its secular allies to apply strict sharia law, which include amputations and stonings for Muslims.
The hardline Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS) has enacted such laws in its Kelantan stronghold to punish rapists and adulterers with stoning to death, while thieves would lose their limbs.
But analysts have said it would be tough for PAS to broaden its appeal due to its advocacy of the punishments called for by strict Muslim religious law, known as sharia or hudud, which scare off non-Muslims who see the party as a fundamentalist clique.
PAS is an Islamist political party, aims to establish Malaysia as a country based on Islamic legal theory derived from the primary sources of Islam, the Quran and Sunnah
2) DAP says no to Islamic administration in Pakatan states
PAS Youth’s proposal to implement the Islamic administrative system in Pakatan Rakyat states is totally unacceptable, said DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.
“There should be no attempt to introduce Islamic state or hudud laws,” he said.
DAP is a secular, multi-racial, social democratic/democratic socialist Malaysian political party.
3) Anwar eyeing Kuala Kangsar
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is looking at the possibility of contesting a by-election in Perak, if the court were to rule against Barisan Nasional in the Kuala Kangsar election petition.
Responding to queries on his pending contest in a by-election, the PKR de facto leader said: “I think Perak would be a good idea. We’re waiting for a decision on Kuala Kangsar.”
Anwar said this after speaking at a closed-door convention held by Perak PKR Youth yesterday.
PKR is Anwar Ibrahim.
ps- Pakatan Rakyat is PAS, DAP and PKR. PAS and DAP can’t get along well. Anwar is happy. How will this journey end? One thing is for sure:
KJ said, ” Opposition parties’ marriage is mutaah. They ‘play’ one night. The next day, they split- divorce. They do it all the time.”
(check for reasons why Anwar can’t become Prime Minister on this blog, article posted on May 21 2008 )