PETALING JAYA: Due to the fractured opposition, Malaysia will be a hudud nation in 50 years, predicts a political economist.
Prof Hoo Kee Ping warned the first step to achieve this would be the merging of Umno and PAS, ultimately weakening the Opposition.
“It will be the beginning of the end for the Opposition in the country.
“Umno never wanted to implement hudud. But after losing support from the Chinese community in the 2008 and 2013 elections, Umno decided to break ranks and join hands with PAS.”
The only request from PAS was to allow hudud to be implemented in Kelantan, which Umno has agreed to, he added.
He said this was seen in the recent tabling of a bill proposing amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 by PAS President Hadi Awang.
Hoo said this would serve as the entry point for hudud in Malaysia.
“This the first phase. It will not affect the country. In fact it will boost the country’s economy as there will be political stability,” he told FMT.
However, this will open the door to the second phase of hudud, which will most likely be implemented in Selangor, one of the richest states in Malaysia.
Umno and PAS will start to gain control due to the major cracks appearing in Selangor PKR. This follows PKR Vice-President Rafizi Ramli handing over proof of alleged graft in Selangor to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) last week.
“It might see Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali giving up his post. That seat might go to PAS-Umno.”
Hoo said once the Islamist party took charge, it might want to impose hudud law in that state, too.
“This is when the danger sets in. The spillover of this will move to Penang.”
Hoo said with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng also being investigated by MACC over graft issues and the political cracks in Selangor, it will weaken the Opposition and benefit Umno-PAS in gaining Malay support.
The Malay support for Umno and PAS will eventually lead to PAS implementing hudud throughout the country, Hoo added.
“The whole process will take about 50 years. By that time, it will be the darkest time for Malaysia as a lot of jobs in the service industry will be lost.”
He predicts millions of jobs would be lost in the service industry after karoake joints, hotels, bars and other services are slapped with conditions that the operators might be unable to follow.
“The tourism industry will suffer, as seen in Brunei.”
He said Malaysia’s revenue from the tourism industry, which was about RM70 billion every year, would also suffer terribly as tourist fly elsewhere for holidays.