Malaysian move toward harsher Islamic law divides opposition

March 18, 2015 7:08 AM

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Malaysian move toward harsher Islamic law divides opposition

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Calls by Malaysia's Islamist opposition party for strict Islamic law that includes amputations and stonings is symptomatic of a drift to more conservative Islam in politics and could further strain relations in the multi-ethnic country.

The push by the Islamist Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS) for the laws, known as hudud, also threatens to split a fragile opposition coalition that has been challenging the long-ruling Muslim party and its allies.

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