Ever since PAS Vice President Husam Musa said that PAS and the Pakatan Rakyat would have enforced the hudud and qisas if Pakatan Rakyat were to take over the Federal Government of Malaysia, there has been a stream of oppositional reactions voiced by many leaders of many political parties. All of those leaders are from political parties that mostly represent the non-Malay ethnic in Malaysia, including DAP from the oppositional Pakatan Rakyat, as well as Gerakan, MIC, and MCA from the ruling Barisan National.

It is most interesting to wonder why these leaders from the parties that purportedly represent the non-Malay people of Malaysia would make such a ruckus about PAS’ intentions of enforcing hudud law. It is most interesting to wonder why because hudud law, if implemented, will only be enforced upon the muslims and not the non-muslims. This is because Islam does not forcefully enforce laws to people of other religion – it recognises the freedom of these people to practise their own religion. The non-muslims are free to choose the laws as have been implemented today. Hudud law, if implemented, will not caused them much effect. Why then do they make such a huge noise about it?

Secondly, the hudud law itself does not do injustice to the people upon which it is enforced, be it muslims or non-muslims. It is a law that is formed to bring benefits and protect the welfare of each member of the society. One such example of this is the ruling against fixed interests charged by financial institutions to their customers, which are to protect both the lender and the borrower from any injustice. Why then, do these leaders make such a noise about it?

Another interesting observation, though to my regret, is that there is no single malay or muslim leaders in Malaysia that have made a comment on this issue ever since. Husam Musa retracted his statement a day after he delivered it. The other malay and muslim leaders in Malaysia seems silenced. Perhaps this is done in the interest of inter-faith and inter-racial harmony in Malaysia, that by openly criticising the other non-Malay leaders will probably heighten racial tension. But is being silent really the best choice to take? Or are we simply too scared to voice out our opinion?

It is ironic that the prospect of implementing of the hudud law receives such a huge ruckus by those people who will mostly not be affected by its very implementation. It is even more ironic when the Article 3 of the Constitution of Malaysia – the highest law by which the very foundation of the nation is built upon, written by the spirit of understanding between the leaders of the major races in Malaysia – clearly states:

Article 3

1. Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.

Leave me some thoughts.