Hudud Threatens the Future of Malaysia

By Zairil Khir Johari

July 2016 CARPE DIEM
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The hijacking of the hudud issue by the federal government is a political stunt, which reminds us that a moratorium on hudud may be in order.Once again, our nation is beguiled by the spectre of hudud, a term loosely used to reference the syariah penal code. Every once in a while, hudud emerges like an apparition with supernatural powers, possessing those who are normally calm and reasonable, and causing them to be overcome emotion. So bewitching are its powers that...

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Zairil Khir Johari

is the Penang state executive councillor for public works, utilities and flood mitigation, and the state assemblyman for Tanjong Bunga.