In addressing the issues surrounding #RUU355, let me speak from the mind of an economist.
Those who are conversant with the dynamics of the Malaysian economy will understand how crucial the services sector has become as a stabiliser of growth in incomes and employment in times of low commodity and oil prices and slow private sector activities in investment and production.
Thanks to tourism inflows and other foreign arrivals for education and expatriate employment in highly skilled jobs, we have built new sources of earnings called the" invisible incomes" of the country.
Tourism is now a major factor in creating the skilled and better paying jobs in hotels, entertainment industry, restaurants, holiday resorts, golf clubs.
Private education is drawing in many foreign students who spend a lot on accommodation, food and entertainment, giving many small traders good business.
Expatriates spend a lot on rentals and maids, putting money into the pockets of property owners.
Imagine one day, we suddenly have hudud laws. Travel agencies will caution their customers about travelling to Malaysia.
Families will send their children to other places for education.
Foreign experts and professionals will think twice about coming to work here.
Many condominiums will have empty apartments.
Construction companies will lay off thousands of workers as no company will be interested to build hotels and high class condominiums.
Restaurants and shopping centres will face hard times as locals don't spend as much as foreigners.
Combine all the down turns, and we will see unemployment everywhere.
That's why I keep on warning about the risks and dangers of Islamising our laws and restricting our freedoms.
The economic suffering does not make Islamisation a viable proposition for our multiracial country.