Malaysia Dateline

Husam Musa says there is no way Kelantan PAS can carry out hudud punishment on theft when it cannot even solve the problem of illegal logging in the state.

How to implement hudud when logging thieves are free?

Former PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa has questioned the Kelantan government’s move to implement Islamic capital punishment or hudud, saying it had failed to take any action over illegal logging activities in the state.

“How can hudud be implemented when PAS can’t even take any action against illegal loggers?” he asked at a special dialogue session in Kuala Lumpur last night.

“Under hudud, the punishment for theft is cutting off the hand. Forget about cutting off the hand, we can’t even cut the nails (of the illegal loggers),” said the sacked PAS leader who was seen close to the late menteri besar, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has been investigating cases of illegal land-clearing in Kelantan, widely blamed for one of the worst floods in the state in late 2014.

Husam took to task the current PAS leaders and questioned their Islamic credentials.

“Let me ask them, what’s so Islamic about PAS after Nik Aziz’s death? Please list down,” he told the programme organised by Free Public Forum Malaysia at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH).

“I have been attacked, accused of profiteering from logging. Can these people of religion say that? I stood up to the bullies.”

Husam also trained his guns on several PAS leaders, including PAS Ulama information chief Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor and secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.

On joining any political party following his expulsion from PAS, Husam admitted hesitating on the matter, but added:

“To move ahead, one does not necessarily need to join a party,” said the Salor assemblyman.

Husam was sacked from PAS on April 23, although the decision was only announced on May 6, a day before nomination day for the Sarawak state elections.

The outspoken politician has emerged as a strong critic of top PAS leaders and has questioned the party’s friendly gestures to Umno under president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.