GEORGE TOWN: Penang Barisan Nasional today urged the state government to pressure the Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Council (MAINPP) to withdraw its support for hudud implementation.
Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng must show courage against MAINPP, whose president, Salleh Man, issued a statement last month that expressed support for PAS’s intention to enforce hudud in Kelantan.
Salleh, a member of PAS, is the state assemblyman for Permatang Pasir.
Teng’s statement was a reaction to Lim’s challenge to the state opposition to state its stand on the issue.
Lim, speaking to reporters earlier today, declared that his government would not allow the introduction of hudud to Penang.
“I’m not saying this as a DAP leader but also as the Chief Minister,” he said. “That is the state government’s position. We will not allow hudud to be implemented here.
“We hope the state BN chairman can state BN’s position.”
Teng said it was strange that while the chief minister was against hudud, MAINPP as a state agency was for it.
He said Lim’s administration should tell Salleh to retract his statement before asking Penang BN to state its stand.
The question of whether Penang BN was for or against hudud did not arise because it was not administering the state, he added.
“Lim should have the guts to just stand his ground and ask MAINPP to withdraw its support for hudud,” he said.