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 per cent of Malays, 59 per cent of Chinese and 61 per cent of Indians felt that the country was not ready to implement hudud.
"Overall, 59 per cent 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 per cent were Malays, 31 per cent Chinese and 9 per cent 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 per cent believing that there would be fair implementation and 43 per cent believing otherwise.
Among other communities, perceptions were clearly in the negative light, with only 11 per cent of Chinese and 17 per cent of Indians responding positively to the question.
However, a total of 53 per cent of the respondents said they supported Islamic laws.
This number comprised 71 per cent Malay respondents and 26 per cent of both Chinese and Indian respondents respectively.