PETALING JAYA: Most Malaysians are not ready for the implementation of hudud, a study by Merdeka Centre revealed.
The survey carried out among voters in Peninsular Malaysia found that 58% of Malays, 59% of Chinese and 61% of Indians felt that the country was not ready to implement hudud.
“Overall, 59% of the respondents believe the country is not ready to implement hudud,” said Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research in a statement yesterday.
The survey was carried out from April 12 to 21, involving 1,009 registered voters, out of which 60% were Malays, 31% Chinese and 9% Indians.
They were picked randomly and interviewed by telephone.
The Malay community was split when it came to the question of fair implementation, with 44% believing that there would be fair implementation and 43% believing otherwise.
Among other communities, perceptions were clearly in the negative light, with only 11% of Chinese and 17% of Indians responding positively to the question.
However, a total of 53% of the respondents said they supported Islamic laws.
This number comprised 71% Malay respondents and 26% of both Chinese and Indian respondents respectively.