Francis Loh has written a couple of articles for Aliran that explain why Umno is more receptive to hudud and is hoping to join forces with the conservatives in Pas.
Indeed Umno-BN was shaken at the last GE after it found out that it had failed to win a majority of the popular votes. To their shock, Umno Baru discovered that many Muslims and people of other faiths had joined forces in seeking change. They had embraced New Politics based on a host of public interest issues that cut across ethnic and religious lines.
So Umno Baru has all but ditched 1Malaysia and is now appealing to more exclusivist tendencies in Malaysian society. It is trying to go back to the Old Politics i.e. using the divisive issues of race and religion – a game it knows best. Not surprisingly, it now appears to be more receptive to the conservative forces within Pas.
In the process it is trying to split the 51 per cent of Malaysians who voted for change while hoping to break up Pakatan and create a rift within Pas.
I hope the folk in Pas realise what is happening. They have to do some serious thinking to discern whether it is worth losing the hard-earned goodwill they have won in recent years.