Wednesday, October 27

Adenan: Hudud will not be enforced in Sarawak

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CHIEF Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem yesterday reaffirmed that hudud law would not be enforced in the state.

As such, he urged the opposition to stop harping on the issue.

Adenan also said the state government would not allow the confiscation of Bibles in Sarawak.

“I want to make it clear here in the august House that hudud law will not be implemented in Sarawak and that no Bibles will be confiscated in Sarawak,” he said in his winding-up speech yesterday.

He also said the state government assured that it would continue to safeguard all the constitutional rights of Sarawak and the provisions in the Federal Constitution to protect the special interests of the state.

“Rest assured that any proposal to alter or remove any of these constitutional safeguards would be brought by the state government to the attention of this House for deliberation and its endorsement would be sought,” Adenan said.

It was at this point that state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen rose up to support Adenan assurance.

“I stand with the Chief Minister that hudud law will not be implemented in the state,” Chong said.

The Kota Sentosa assemblyman then urged the chief minister “to advise your colleagues” in Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) to stop harping and ‘demonising’ them on hudud law.

To this, Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh (BN-Bawang Assan) stood up and told Chong to make their stand with their partners in Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

Adenan then continued with his winding-up speech, and took a swipe at DAP and PKR representatives in the House to prove their support to the state’s stand on the two issues by quitting from the opposition pact, Pakatan Rakyat, which also involved PAS.