Common people like us have no say in such court cases like the Anwar black-eyed. But after reading Malaysiakini, I can only go Wow….like dis oso can ah?
Here are some of the things that make us go Wow…
A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE
Politics and Faith are intrinsically linked. The underlying principle of good government is the creation and preservation of a just society. The word ‘just’ itself denotes what is morally right and proper.
It is thus the Church’s obligation to participate in shaping the moral character of society. It is a requirement of our faith, a part of the mission given to us by Jesus Christ. Faith helps us see more clearly the truth about human life and dignity that we also understand through human reason. As people of both faith and reason, Catholics are called to bring truth to political life and to practice Christ’s commandment to love one another. According to Pope Benedict XVI, “charity must animate the entire lives of the lay faithful and therefore also their political activity, lived as ‘social charity’” (Deus Caritas Est, no. 29).*
The Church equips its members to address political questions by helping them develop well-formed conscience. “Conscience is a judgment of reason whereby the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act. . . . [Every person] is obliged to follow faithfully what he [or she] knows to be just and right” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1778). We Catholics have a lifelong obligation to form our conscience in accord with human reason, enlightened by the teaching of Christ as it comes to us through the Church. Thus Catholics must take every opportunity to learn all they can about political issues and Church teaching, so as to be both well-informed citizens and well-informed Catholics. *
The most pressing issue in our country right now is the existence of the Internal Security Act (ISA). The ISA gives total power to the government to arrest anyone without charge and to hold without trial. A person can be arrested for interrogation by the police for up to 60 days after which he can be detained for 2 years. The arrest order which is signed by the Home Minister can be extended indefinitely every 2 years. This clearly violates human rights thereby derogating human dignity.
Scripture tells us that man is created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:27) and therefore this gives him dignity and the “roots of human rights are to be found in the dignity of each human being” (Church in the Modern World no 27; Catechism of the Catholic Church no.1930). This constitutes the foundation of the Church’s social teachings which encompass every aspect of human life.
John Paul II’s encyclical letter Redemptor Hominis (1979, Mystery of Redemption and the Dignity of Man) upheld the primacy of persons over things and drew attention to the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights which states that a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Therefore we must demand strenuously that the Malaysian government upholds the basic human right of “innocent until proven guilty” for those detained under the ISA. The ISA overrules this basic right and is thus an unjust law and to oppose it is a matter of conscience.
* Adapted from The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, USCCB
And Penang folks, tonight candlelight vigil in front of Dewan Sri Pinang at 9 pm. Please come early because once they start at 9 pm, they have very limited time. Bring your own torchlight in case candle is not your ‘thing’.
Back to my title, go to Malaysiakini for the full news.