Quite simply, Malaysia is split in two.
The staunchest proponent of Hadi’s bill is, needless to say, his party PAS.
The most vocal opponent of the bill to amend Act 355 is surprisingly not DAP but MCA. The two Chinese parties are however on the same side of the fence in their refusal to sanction any strengthening of the Syariah Court.
ABOVE: MCA is described in Wikipedia as a “right wing” party
Right wing vs right wing
So we have on one side of the political divide — MCA together with DAP along with yet another Chinese-dominated party Gerakan plus the Christian-majority native parties of Sarawak.
On the opposite side, there is the religious right party PAS and its ally on this particular issue, Umno.
Amidst the fiery rhetoric, it has ultimately boiled down to ethnic right wing MCA being at loggerheads with Islamist right wing PAS, with MCA and DAP both being on the same page (both Chinese), and PAS-Umno having the same wavelength (both Muslims).
Over MCA’s dead body it shall be
Karpal Singh famously challenged an Islamic state to be implemented over his dead body.
Now that Karpal is no longer with us, it is MCA that has boldly taken up his “langkah mayat” mantle.
Previously the Chinese and the Christians were up in arms against the “creeping Islamization” that was taking place in Malaysia.
Currently, the proposed amendments to Act 355 portends a speeded up or “turbo Islamization” process regardless whether the bill is passed by Parliament or not.
MCA and Umno headed for Splitsville
As it is, the relationship today between MCA and Umno is distinctly chilly.
Post-GE14, ties between the two senior BN components will be severely strained if not altogether severed. That’s why we see MCA already acting like it is in the opposition.
MCA is clearly becoming indistinguishable from DAP and we shouldn’t be surprised if MCA soon gets slapped with the “kafir harbi” label by one of the high profile Muslim clerics.
Meanwhile Umno is becoming increasingly like PAS and you can expect to see more jubah and kopiah worn at Umno functions.
Bersih 5.0 will be countered by Gelombang Merah
The motion by Hadi Awang to enhance the jurisdiction of syariah is slated to be debated by the House in October. These Act 355 amendments are the litmus test as to how far Umno and PAS will take their courtship to the next step.
If Umno helps PAS with the Parliament vote in October, PAS will reciprocate and help Umno beef up its Red Shirt rally in November.
Then Malaysia’s split will be visually color coded red and yellow.
MCA has tunjuk belang and DAP has tunjuk taring. So far the Malay and the Muslim party have not reacted.
But should the Dapster-evangelistas continue provoking and attacking over the 355 developments as they’re doing at present, you can rest assured that PAS and Umno will indeed join forces.
Since it is virtually impossible for the Dapster-evangelista horde to restrain themselves, the countervailing reaction will be surely be a stronger show of support for syariah-compliance in all aspects of life. Not to worry, Hannah Yeoh has already started the ball rolling.