KUALA LUMPUR: The hudud issue has been a hot topic lately and promises to be a major factor in the upcoming general election.
Blogger and practising lawyer Art Harun thinks that as far as Pakatan Rakyat is concerned hudud "is potentially explosive and may ultimately be destructive."
Art says that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's recent announcement that the BN government will not implement hudud "leaves Pakatan Rakyat and especially Anwar Ibrahim looking lame."
"Politically," he says, "the Prime Minister gave nothing and gained everything by saying so. PAS, TGNA and Anwar could have said so too. The reason is simple. Malaysia is a multi-ethnic-faiths society. Its Parliament is not filled with Muslim MPs only. It is filled with Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and various other mixture of faiths and races."
Art believes a move to implement hudud would lead to radical divisions in Parliament.
"If such move is made, it is certain that for the first time in Malaysian Parliamentary history, Members of Parliament will vote in accordance with their respective belief and faith," he says.
He adds that "for the first time ever, we will witness a clear separation in our Parliament of MPs voting along racial and religious lines."
"It will be THAT divisive."
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