We Malaysians memang mudah lupa. So, let me recap a bit.
In September 2007
Ahmad Fairuz, the chief justice, told an Islamic conference in Kuala Lumpur that 50 years of independence had failed to free Malaysia from the “clutches of colonialism”. Sharia law should be “infused” into the gaps created by abolishing common law, he said.
(My post on Islamisation)
That led a lot of people to be concerned. Then, I attended one forum on Islamisation of Malaysia held in my church, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.
I came back and blogged about the forum. I openly write all these because the forum is meant to educate and inform us. We, the Catholics Christians are made aware of the laws and constitution.
Then, the case of Gan Eng Gor‘s arise which led me to post two posts to help Gan Eng Gor‘s family. Unfortunately, both times when they presented their case in the civil court (or is it high court), their cases were thrown out. What frustrates me is not the religion fights or the fight over the corpse. What makes me angry is how all our politicians, from Gerakan and MCA did not say something. Well, I don’t read it in the mainstream media of any MCA or Gerakan doing something for the Gan’s family eventhough the conversion papers are messed up. Yet, yesterday, The Star boasted how our Education Minister worked closely with Chinese schools to improve yadda yadda yadda…..
Anyway…..here’s an excerpt of the report of the Islamisation forum taken from The Herald which is a weekly newsletter for the Catholics. Lucille is my church parishioner who is also the lectors ministry leader.
a ploy to outwit PAS in the latter’s bid for an Islamic State, because then the government can simply say, hey, but, we’re already an Islamic State! “In their short-term quest for political mileage, the current leaders have lost all sense of moral direction to tell the truth,” said the aggrieved Dr Azmi.
The current call for Syariah law to replace Common Law is equally flawed. Among reasons offered, Dr Azmi countered it best by reasoning how wrong it is to force a source of law that is of divine origin, on people who do not believe in that divine source. It is plain that a country that has been founded as a democracy cannot be allowed to slip into a theocracy. “The Constitution is a secular document and it is the supreme law of the land — not the Bible, not the Qur’an, not the Torah, not the Vedas!” Dr Azmi declared.
Furthermore, he cautioned that a Constitution of divine origins cannot easily be debated, amended, changed or set aside, unlike a secular democracy which allows people to have a say in the manner they are governed, including the laws that govern them.
Regarding the “Allah” controversy, he is appalled at the government’s desperate attempt to mollycoddle the Muslim mind, and control “Islamic thought.”
— By Lucille Dass
(full story from Lucia’s blog)
And that’s right, that’s me (in yellow blouse) sitting behind Dr. Azmi Sharom. Aiks! At the forum, I posed one question to Dr. Azmi and Father FA. (the Indian man sitting next to Dr. Azmi and the Bishop is the man immediately after the empty seat). I asked Dr. Azmi is he ever have problems dealing with being a Muslim and yet, have to speak up against things that bothers him. I also told Father FA that as a Catholic, I sometimes have problems with ‘being a good Catholic and a real rakyat’. To me, good Christian just shut up and make peace. A real rakyat who is aware of the current situation has to speak up. Sometimes, I find it hard to be both. Father FA gave one very good answer. Don’t be a hypocrite. And that’s my ticket to rant whatever I feel when things bothers me.
BTW, psst…have you watched the tattoo video? To me it is one of those American funniest home video. Period. Yet…unless we are aware of the laws that are meant to protect and defend us, we are going to be one lost ‘dan lain-lain kaum.’