KUALA LUMPUR: A video purportedly showing several top DAP leaders supporting Pas in the run-up to the 13th General Election in 2013 has gone viral on social media.
In the three-minute-long video, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke was seen giving a speech and attempting to assuage his audience’s fears over Pas’ intention to implement hudud.
“If you never rob or steal, then you don’t have to be afraid,” the Seremban member of parliament was seen saying in Mandarin.
“All the same, now in Malaysia, we have laws that are more frightening than hudud.”
Loke was seen citing Malaysia’s Penal Code in relation to drugs, and pointed out that those who committed drug-related offences would receive the death penalty.
“We are not even afraid of being hanged to death. Why are you afraid of cutting off your hands and legs?” he was shown saying in the video.
Loke’s statement had stirred controversy after Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng recently urged the DAP lawmaker to take responsibility for once supporting the implementation of hudud.
Loke has since denied claims that he supported hudud, saying his remarks were misinterpreted.
Earlier in the video, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng was seen reciting a poem to express support for Pas, which was then part of the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat opposition pact.
“Hope lights up in the holy month. Vote for the moon, receive pahala (rewards),” he said in the video, referring to Pas’ flag which depicts a white moon on a green background.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang was later shown as saying that a “a vote for DAP was also a vote for Pas”.
Former DAP member Hew Kuan Yau, who is better known as Superman, and several other DAP leaders also made an appearance in the video and were shown throwing their support behind Pas.
DAP and Pas had been at loggerheads for several years after Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang made public plans to table a Private Member's Bill in Parliament to enhance the powers of the Syariah courts.
This led the DAP top brass to cut ties with Hadi in 2015, on grounds that Hadi was being “dishonest and without integrity” in trying to table the bill without informing the Pakatan Rakyat leadership.
This in turn prompted Pas to sever ties with DAP several months later during its annual muktammar, which resulted in the collapse of the Pakatan Rakyat pact.
Pakatan Rakyat was then made up of DAP, Pas and PKR.