No matter how the issue is being spun by the Umno media, we in Pakatan Rakyat remain committed to the fundamental principles enshrined in the Federal Constitution; the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation while guarenteing the freedom of other religions to be practiced in peace and harmony; Bahasa Melayu as the national language with liberty to use the mother tongues of the various races; sovereignty of the Malay rulers together with the position of the special privileges of the Malays and bumiputras and the rights of other races as protected by the Constitution.
The PR joint policy and the Orange Book remain intact as clear statements of our policies and principles of governance. Let us remain focussed on the agenda for change. We need to increase our competitiveness, the peoples income, quality of education, health and check the increasing cost of living burdening the people.
As for the Shariah, hudud, and the islamic state, we recognise and respect the different views and positions of the component parties in the PR. This is reflective of the politics of consensus. As a Muslim, I remain steadfast in my believe in the Quran and the Sunnah from which the principles of the shariah are derived. I believe that the maqasid al shariah (the higher objectives of the Shariah) are important principles of governance and are not inconsistent with the precepts of democracy.
In this regard, PR will remain guided by the principles of universal justice, good governance, accountability, transparency and competency inorder to achieve public good for the people. Let us not be waylaid by the politics of desperation and intimidation of umno-bn. Place our trust in the maturity and wisdom of the people to evaluate this situation and make their independent choice.