Kartika ditemui oleh Ketua Wanita KEADILAN

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN, Zuraida Kamaruddin telah menemui Kartika di kediamannya di Kuala Kangsar siang tadi.

Dalam pertemuan tersebut, Kartika telah menegaskan bahawa beliau tetap dengan keputusannya untuk dihukum menurut undang-undang syariah.

Turut bersama Zuraida Kamaruddin ialah Naib Ketua Wanita, Noorsham Abu Samah dan EXCO Wanita KEADILAN, Rozaini Mohd Rosli.

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Apabila mendekati tarikh 31hb Ogos, ingatan kita akan mengimbas kembali rentetan peristiwa dan perjuangan rakyat yang berkemuncak dengan Kemerdekaan. Tarikh tersebut terungkap sebagai tarikh keramat ,menjanjikan kebebasan daripada cengkaman penjajah dan menyelamatkan martabat hidup rakyat.

Persoalan yang menerjah kita semua ialah; bagaimana kita menghayati makna tarikh tersebut hari ini. Pergulatan ini menjadi penentu kepada persoalan makna diri kita sebagai rakyat Malaysia.Tekad baru untuk memahami makna diri Malaysia sebagai bangsa merdeka juga menuntut kita untuk memahami bagaimana kita menjadi tidak merdeka; bagaimana kita hilang kemerdekaan sebelum kita memperolehinya kembali.

Lebih dua ribu tahun yang lalu, Brutus bertanya warga Kota Rom “siapakah yang begitu hina sehingga mahu hidup sebagai hamba ?” Ceasar mahu memiliki kuasa yang tidak terbatas. Nafsunya sebegitu besar dan mahu memastikan Rom dalam genggamannya.

Pertentangan antara Brutus dengan Ceaser adalah pertentangan antara kebebasan menentang nafsu kekuasan tidak terbatas. Sejak negara kita merdeka kita masih bergelut dengan pertentangan ini. Kebebasan – kebebasan bersuara, kebebasan media, kebebasan institusi kehakiman sentiasa mahu disekat oleh penguasa. Oleh itu kita menginsafi hanya bangsa yang pernah melalui gelita penjajahan akan mengerti makna cahaya kemerdekaan. Bagitu juga, hanya diri yang pernah kebebasannya diragut akan menghargai nilai kebebasan.

Syarahan Perdana Professor Dr. Syed Muhammad Naguib al-Attas yang berjudul Islam Dalam Sejarah Dan Kebudayaan Melayu juga menghuraikan dengan panjang lebar peranan paksi tauhid sebagai aqidah menambat keyakinan baru yang menolak faham tahyul dan perhambaan, seterusnya menjadi pelantar kepada pemikiran yang berakar dengan tradisi aqliyah dan mencernakan budaya segar dengan bahasa Melayu sebagai pertuturan kepustakaan(lingua franca) rantau ini. Ratusan tahun berlalu yang sewajarnya tambah memperkukuh dan memantapkan semangat dan keyakinan baru tersebut.

Cantik sungguh puteri Palembang,
Sayang bersunting bunga pudak;
Betapa keras dilambung gelombang,
Kucacak tiang, kulayar jua.

Manakala melangkaui separuh abad kemerdekaan, kita rakyat Malaysia sewajarnya mempunyai kesedaran betapa Bahasa Melayu bukan sekadar bahasa pasar, bahasa komunikasi basahan untuk berjual beli. Bahasa Melayu adalah bahasa ilmu, bahasa tamadun dan bahasa untuk mengungkapkan pengalaman kemanusian yang paling mendalam dan luhur. Bahasa Melayu telah menjadi bahasa intelektual dan kerohanian untuk umat Islam, makanya Bahasa Melayu juga seharusnya menjadi bahasa intelektual dan kerohanian umat Budha, Hindu, Kristian dan lain-lain keyakinan.

Bahasa Melayu yang saya sebutkan di sini bukanlah bahasa milik orang Melayu semata-mata. Bahasa Melayu adalah milik rakyat dan bangsa Malaysia yang berketurunan Melayu, Cina, India, Kadazan, Dayak dan lain-lain. Bahasa Melayu adalah milik semua rakyat Malaysia.

Kemerdekaan mestilah tidak terperangkap dengan bahana dari politik sempit dan kelam sesebuah parti politik tertentu. Kemerdekaan perlu di lihat dari perspektif rakyat keseluruhannya; perjuangan pelbagai kaum, menggunakan pelbagai wadah, dan melibatkan pelbagai aliran pemikiran. Sejarah ternyata mengajar kita bahawa Perjuangan Menuntut Kemerdekaan menerbitkan kesatuan semangat untuk menentang penjajah dan imperialisme Barat ketika itu.

Generasi terdahulu yang sama-sama berjuang untuk kemerdekaan, dan mereka yang menempuh zaman mudanya di masa awal kemerdekaan menjadi saksi kepada kepelbagaian aliran dan wadah perjuangan rakyat. Tetapi penulisan sejarah kemerdekaan yang disampaikan kepada generasi hari ini masih belum berlaku adil kerana fakta yang bercampur propaganda. Ini merupakan beban dan tanggungjawab kepada ahli-ahli sejarah kerana tanpa pensejarahan yang adil, kita tidak akan dapat melihat dan menemui makna dan rupa diri bangsa kita yang sebenarnya. Nama pejuang kemerdekaan seperti Dato’ Onn Jaafar, Ustaz Abu Bakar Baqir, Dr Burhanuddin al Helmy, Ahmad Boestamam, Mat Salleh, Panglima Rentap dan Rosli Dhobi tidak sewajarnya digelapkan dari sejarah menuntut kemerdekaan.

Kemerdekaan adalah untuk kebebasan dan keadilan. Inilah yang dijanjikan kepada kita pada 31 Ogos 1957. Sekiranya kita mahu berdegil untuk meneruskan saki baki peninggalan feudal, atau mahu memperkokohkan lembaga-lembaga sistem otoritarianisme, sudah pasti kita menjadi bangsa yang terpinggir. Bangsa Malaysia tidak miskin dengan sumber daya manusianya. Dengan paras pembangunan yang telah dicapai dan kekayaan yang kita miliki Malaysia boleh menjadi negara yang besar. Dan kita perlu yakin bahawa Malaysia boleh menjadi bangsa yang besar. Tetapi kita tidak boleh menjadi bangsa yang besar sekiranya rakyatnya tidak bebas dan merdeka.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

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Kartika’ caning – Round peg in square hole

* Headlines
* Opinion
* Religion in the News

2009-08-31 12:05

LETTER

While Mr. P. Gunasegaran ( No to whipping for drinking, 28 Aug 2009, Star ) and those in the similar vein are entitled to their freedom of expression, it nonetheless needs to be pointed out that his abrasive intrusion into the intoxicating whipping debate is in extreme bad taste and a blatant affront to Muslim sensitivity.

His high and mighty pronouncement ( read fatwa ) based on his secular theology and his one sentence reference to some unnamed Muslim scholar, makes him an overnight jurist ( read Mufti ) !

Despite 52 years of Merdeka, quite apparently and most unfortunately, the civilized and democratic values of mutual respect is sorely missing in our multi-religious co-existence. And as far as Muslims are concerned, there has been one too many Islamophobic sentiments snowballing by the day in the mainstream editorials, press reports and cyber portals.

Fed by deep-seated prejudice, and popular misconceptions towards Islam and the Shariah, the words “barbaric”, “cruel”, and “inhumane” are hurled without regard for the sensitivity of Muslims.

Barbaric, cruel, and inhumane are after all relative terms that are employed to demonize the other. This media onslaught, directly or indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly, attempts to belittle and humiliate the Shariah justice system, an entire institution whose place in our nation is legitimated by history and the Constitution.

What else does one make of the following headlines “and lets do away with a slew of outmoded, archaic laws in the statute books, both syariah and civil”. He further adds “there is real danger of disarray when man purports to speak for God”. I hasten to respond by asking – should we then let him (the editor) play God or better still be God ?

Islam, meaning ‘submission’- however awkward such a notion is to secular liberal thinking – is acceptance with a free conscience both the tenets of the faith and outwardly the injunctions of the Shariah which encompasses formal ritual worship and the regulation of personal and social mores based on sacred texts.

Believers of other faiths, liberal secularists and secular atheists need to understand that Islam is the governing principle in every aspect of a Muslim’s life to a degree seldom seen in the adherents and practitioners of other religions. Islam is not just a matter of rituals and worship; Islam is a complete way of life. For those who cannot or will not accept the crucial importance of this most important reality in the life of all Muslims we can only say, hopefully without insult, please stay out of our business.

As Muslims we have no difficulty accepting that non-Muslims have different beliefs and live their lives differently than we do. Please show us the same courtesy.

His editorial among others, reflect the distressing trend that non-Muslims are making ill-informed, prejudiced and unwelcome comments on the religion of the majority of people of this country. This is very unhealthy, and dangerously crossing the lines of civilized discourse.

There exists a myriad of opinions on the issue of consumption of intoxicants. But the Muslim scholars are unanimous that the offender must be punished.

If the offence is considered under the jurisdiction of hudud (limits), as is embraced by the schools of thought of Syafie, Maliki and Hanafi, caning must be meted without exception. This being the stipulate of God for the good of the bigger society.

However, Al-Qaradhawi, the celebrated contemporary scholar, in consonant with the likes of At-Tabari, Ibn Munzir, As-Syawkani and Ibn Qayyim opines that this offence is within the domain of ta’zir (discretionary penalty). Thus, the judge may choose to forgive the first time offender or he may elect to cane the offender and would stipulate the number of canings. As alluded by others, the caning is unlike the brutal and vicious whippings as prescribed by the civil courts.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Zulfakar, who lectures Islamic criminal law in the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and Datuk Abdul Munir Yaakob, SUHAKAM commissioner, concurred that the courts acted within the State Shariah Criminal Offences Act notwithstanding the seven day remand order.

The Shariah court is part of Malaysia’s dual justice system which has jurisdiction over Muslims and the decision of the Kuantan Shariah High Court must be respected as such That is the rule of law enjoyed by both the Shariah and Civil courts and outside interference would tantamount to contempt of court. The due process of appeal is open to the victim if justice is not done or seen to be done.

In this media frenzy, the irony has not been lost that Kartika herself has accepted the sentence and has refused appeal despite the suggestion by no less the Prime Minister himself. This underscores one of the objectives of the Shariah, to guide Muslims to be more observant of their religious obligations through remorse and repentance.

The controversy surrounding Kartika’s sentencing also exposes the sometimes uneasy co-existence of the world views of Islam and that of modern secular society. Attempts to fit Islam into the secular world view is like forcing a square peg into a round hole.

Globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that alcohol causes 1.8 million deaths (3.2% of total) and 58.3 million (4% of total) of Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). The U.S. Department of Justice Report on Alcohol and Crime found that alcohol abuse was a factor in 40 percent of violent crimes committed in the U.S. The British Home office reports a figure of 45% which rose to 58% in cases of attacks by unrecognized persons. We have not even begun to mention the primary role of alcohol in road traffic accidents, domestic violence, drug dependence, alcoholism, women and alcohol, adolescents and alcohol, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol and liver cirrhosis, alcohol and brain damage, alcohol and cancer risk, the causal link between alcohol and 60 different types of diseases etc.

God says in the Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 219 :
“They ask you concerning wine and gambling. Say: ‘There is a great sin in both of them, and (some) profits for people; but their sin is greater than their profit …”

As Muslims, our absolute love and allegiance is to our Creator, whose infinite wisdom we do not question. Thus, it is completely unacceptable and reprehensible that any from amongst his creations, should instruct us otherwise applying their fallible human and secular opinions and standards.

(Board of Directors
Muslim Professionals Forum
Dr. Mazeni Alwi
Dr. Jeffrey Abu Hassan
Dr. Shaikh Johari Bux
Haji Mohamed Ali Ghazali
Dato’ Dr. Musa Mohd. Nordin)
KualaLUmpur
28 Aug 2009
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A MERDEKA DAY MESSAGE FROM 54 NGOs
Aug 31, 09 10:00am

Fifty-four civil society groups have come together to express their outrage over the threat of violence and the offending display of a cow head at a protest in Shah Alam last Friday.

In a statement, the NGOs demanded that those responsible for the incident be investigated and charged for inciting violence instead of sedition, which is considered a much lighter offence.

“Hatred and bigotry must be condemned and distanced by every ethno-religious community especially those the bigots claim to represent,” it said.

“We hope this message representing the view of various segments of our society – Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Chinese, Indian, human rights, women rights, media freedom, culture, business – will be given its commensurate coverage for all Malaysians to ponder upon while celebrating our national independence.” said Wong Chin Huat, one of the spokespersons for the group.

“Pretending that such incident did not happen or downplaying it would do no good to our national consciousness and the preservation of peace in this country.”

Among the key groups which backed the statement are Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF), Coalition of Selangor Indian NGOs and Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) Youth.

The following is the statement in full

We, the undersigned civil society organisations are shocked, angered and saddened by the ‘Cow-head protest’ in Shah Alam last Friday against a proposed Hindu temple in Section 23 of the city.

The carrying of the head of a freshly slaughtered cow, a sacred animal to the Hindus, and the unveiled threat of bloodshed on the eve of Merdeka celebration suggest that all Malaysians need to reflect deeply about our 52 years of nationhood, and the clarion call of 1Malaysia

From the outset, these heinous acts of crime perpetrated by the irresponsible few must never be seen as a conflict between the two faiths or the two faith communities.

All major spiritual traditions, Islam and Hinduism included, uphold peace and human dignity as their common and core values. Our spirituality and love for humanity mandates us for the perpetual quest for peace and abhorrence of all forms of hatred and civil disorder.

The Shah Alam incident sadly reveals that violence and hatred are still inadequately delegitimised in our society. We exhort all Malaysians to unite in our joint efforts to decry and delegitimise violence and hatred to prevent any individual or grouping from resorting to intimidation or provocation when faced with any town-planning disputes or rows of similar nature.

We the undersigned, taking cognisance of the above, do hereby:

1. Urge that all disputes in civil society must be resolved through peaceful means such as peaceful demonstrations, rational dialogues, extensive consultations and legal suits. The Selangor state government’s plan to hold a town hall meeting to facilitate communication and engagement with all stakeholders is highly commendable.

2. Condemn in the strongest possible language any act to humiliate and intimidate any ethno-religious community, in this case the irreligious and irresponsible display of a cow head.

In the Shah Alam incident, not only the Hindus are humiliated and hurt but also all thinking Malaysians – Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Sikh, those of other spiritual traditions and atheist. We particularly share the pain and anguish of the Shah Alam Hindu community.

3. Urge all religious authorities, community leaders and political parties to unreservedly condemn the perpetrators of the reprehensible ‘cow head’ act. Every racial and religious bigot should be shamed and distanced by the general public especially by their ethno-religious community which they seek to represent.

Political parties must also take disciplinary action against members involved in inciting hatred. This would deprive them the pleasure and gratification of self-righteousness and heroism. Legal punishment alone may prove inadequate because it may instead grant the offenders the self-perceived honour of martyrdom

4. Support a thorough investigation of those responsible for the ‘cow head’ protest for threatening violence (not sedition) on both the local Hindu community and the elected state government of Selangor.

Threats of violence, for whatever reason, has no place in a civilised society. Violence must be condemned and can only be completely delegitimised when society has zero tolerance for it and every offender is appropriately punished.

5. Express shock and dismay at the failure of the police force to stop the protestors from issuing their threats of bloodshed. An independent investigation on professional negligence should be
immediately initiated to examine these policing failures of a potentially fulminating racial and religious crisis.

This incident among others further highlights the dire importance and urgent need for an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). The IPCMC is a must if the Najib administration is genuinely committed to peace in Malaysia.

6. Call on all Malaysians to heed our plea to completely delegitimise violence and hatred and to strive towards its elimination from our public life. Let this be our joint resolution for our nation’s
forthcoming Merdeka anniversary. Let us usher in a Malaysia which cherishes the values of peace, reason, justice, freedom, equity and inclusion for all Malaysians.

The undersigned groups

1. All Women’s Action Society Malaysia (Awam)
2. Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI)
3. Civil Rights Committee, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (CRC-KLSCAH)
4. Civil Society Committee, LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLGCSC)
5. Civil Society Initiative for Parliamentary Reform (CSI@Parliament)
6. Coalition of Malaysian NGOs Against Persecution of Palestinians (Complete)
7. Coalition of Selangor Indian NGOs
8. Consumer Association of Klang
9. Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) Youth
10. Council of Malaysia Indian Trustee
11. Friends in Conversation (FIC)
12. Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC)
13. Hindu Youth Organization, Port Klang
14. Human Development and Research Centre
15. Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (Imam)
16. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
17. Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM)
18. Justice for Beng Hock Facebook Group
19. Kelab Sukan Depot, Port Klang
20. Klang Vellarun Kalai Pannai
21. Letchumi Pooja Dhana Manbran, Klang
22. Majlis Kelab Bell Tamil, Selangor
23. Malaysia Belia Hindu, Negeri Selangor
24. Malaysia Hindu Sangam, Klang Council
25. Malaysia Hindu Sangam, Selangor State Council
26. Malaysia Indian Youth Council, Selangor
27. Malaysian Hindu Dharma Mamandram, Selangor
28. Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
29. Nadaraikia Sangam, Selangor
30. Pamban Swami Maha Teja Mandala Sabai
31. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM (Lihua), Selangor and Kuala Lumpur
32. Persatuan Kebajikan Bharathana, Selangor
33. Persatuan Kebajikan Cahaya Wawasan, Selangor
34. Persatuan Kebajikan Nammakkal
35. Persatuan Kebajikan Vanniar
36. Persatuan Kemajuan Pendidikan, Malaysia
37. Persatuan Pembaca Tamil, Klang
38. Persatuan Peniaga Little India, Klang
39. Persatuan Penyelidikan Astronomi, Selangor
40. Persatuan Prihatin Belia Malaysia
41. Persatuan Thiruvallavar
42. Persatuan Wawasan India, Selangor
43. Pertubuhan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian India, Selangor
44. Pertubuhan Kesedaran Hara Krishna, Klang
45. Research for Social Advancement (Refsa)
46. Selangor Indian Videographers Association
47. Sri Vadivelu Culture and Welfare Association Selangor
48. Sri Vaishnava Paribalana Saba

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The Huge Gap in Religious Respect

Catholics lodge report against Al Islam

10 Jul 09 : 6.39PM

By Deborah Loh
deborahloh@thenutgraph.com

PETALING JAYA, 10 July 2009: The two Catholics who lodged a police report against the Al Islam magazine over an article in which the journalist took the holy communion wafer out of his mouth and photographed it, have started a peaceful protest campaign against the magazine.

Joachim Francis Xavier and Sundhagaran Stanley, from Penang, are asking Catholics to make individual police reports and to express dissatisfaction with the magazine’s publisher through telephone calls or faxes.

“We are resolved not to allow anger to guide our actions and instead pray that these ignorant will be forgiven by Allah,” they said.

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The two lodged a police report on 8 July 2009 at the Patani Road police station in Penang over the article “Tinjauan Al Islam Dalam Gereja: Mencari Kesahihan Remaja Murtad” which was published in the May 2009 issue of Al Islam. The magazine is published by Utusan Karya Sdn Bhd.

In the article, the Muslim journalist, accompanied by another person, went to two Catholic churches in Kuala Lumpur on an investigative mission to find out if allegations that young Muslims were being converted to Christianity were true.

The journalist, whose by-line in the article was Muhd Ridhwan Abdul Jalil, described the holy communion ritual as “upacara makan roti putih” and wrote about how he was given the wafer by the priest. The article also carried a photograph of the wafer with a caption that identified it as the wafer that was placed in his mouth.

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Communion spat out and photographed for the article
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Xavier and Stanley in a press statement said they were “outraged that these Muslim men consumed it [the communion] only to spit it out later, have it photographed, and have its image published”.

The two Catholics said it was “total disrespect” for what Catholics regard as sacred. “It strikes deeps into our hearts and invokes much anger,” they said. Catholics believe that the wafer is the actual flesh of Christ who, according to doctrine, died to remove the sins of people.

“The ‘communion’ is held with great reverence and cannot in any way be mishandled or [treated] with a lack of respect. Even Catholics are not allowed to take home the ‘communion’ but are instructed to consume it immediately during the service. Catholics go through an elaborate process of preparing themselves to receive this ‘communion’ worthily and those who have not done so are advised to refrain from receiving it,” Xavier and Stanley said.

They said they wanted the magazine to return the wafer to the church authorities.

Ban “Allah”

The magazine did not name the churches its journalist went to. The writer described scenes of hymn-singing and exchanging of greetings among the parishioners. At one of the churches he went to, the service was in Bahasa Malaysia.

He noted that there were many Malay-looking people, but realised that they were from Sabah, and that there were many Filipinos as well.

He wrote that he did not see any Muslims being converted, but dwelt at length on the use of the word “Allah” in the priest’s sermon and in some of the hymn lyrics.

His conclusion in the article was that the ban on the use of “Allah” by Christians was valid because Muslims would be confused as there were differences about God between Islam and Christianity.

Xavier and Stanley said the Muslim journalist and his friend had “violated our sense of privacy to freely worship”.

“Would these men tolerate non-Muslims entering the mosque and violating the sanctity and holiness of their worship? All places of worship and the form of worship practised must be respected with the greatest sensitivity and reverence, be they the church, mosque, temple or gurdwaras.

“Entering these premises with the intention to spy and to violate the sanctity of worship only serves to incite anger and hatred that could lead to potentially dangerous consequences that would tear this country apart,” they said.

No comment

Xavier, when contacted today by The Nut Graph, said he lodged the police report after reading the article as a “concerned Catholic” even though the incident did not occur in his parish.

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He said the Penang police told him that investigations would be handled by the Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur, since the incident took place in the capital.

The Nut Graph also called the Al Islam editorial desk for a comment. Its assistant editor Nor Shamsinor Baharin said the journalist who wrote the piece was on leave. She said she had been instructed not to comment or respond to any questions on the article.

Catholic authorities in Penang and Kuala Lumpur were not immediately available for comment.

Muslim atau tidak…isu yg kerap terjadi

Court rules movie maker a Muslim, family devastated
Jul 6, 09 11:37am malaysiakini.com

The Shah Alam High Court has rejected the application of Mohan Singh’s family to claim his remains from the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Mohan, 41, died of a heart attack on May 25.

On June 4, the Selangor Islamic Council (Mais) had obtained an order from the Shah Alam Syariah High Court declaring the deceased as a Muslim.

Employees of Mais then tried to claim the body for burial but the Sungai Buloh mortuary would not release it because the High Court had instructed that it was to be kept there until the religious status is determined.

Mais claimed that Mohan, an art film director, had converted to Islam in 1992.

The family, however, said he had remained a practising Sikh and even conducted last rites for his mother who died three years ago.

Contacted later, the family’s lawyer A Rajesh Kumar said his clients were devastated and broke down upon hearing the ruling.

He added that their oral application for a stay order was also rejected.

“The family is surprised by this decision as well. We are currently in the process of filing an appeal,” he said.

However, Rajesh added that he expects Mohan’s remains to be buried according to Muslim rites later today.

[More to follow]

Pindaan kepada beberapa Akta berkaitan Islam ditunda

Conversion laws: Rulers put the brakes
S Pathmawathy | Jun 29, 09 4:42pm Malaysiakini.com
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The Rulers’ Conference today decided that any amendments to the laws pertaining to matters of conversion and religion must be referred to the state religious authorities first.

This effectively means the proposed amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976, Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993 and Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 which were to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday will have to be held back.

The ruler’s decision was made at a special meeting of the Conference of Rulers at the Istana Negara. The two hour meeting which started at 10am was chaired by the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.

hindu indian women and islam and court and judiciaryA statement from the Keeper of the Royal Seal said that the rulers have decided that the proposed amendments should be adjourned pending the feedback from the state religious authorities. The rulers are the guardians of Islam in their respective states.

The proposed amendments were to touch on the dissolution of marriage, right to custody of children, maintenance of children and wife and division of matrimonial assets.

Among the proposed amendments were to determine that a child’s religion must be in accordance with Article 12(4) of the federal constitution which provided that the religion of children under the age of 18 will be determined by a parent or guardian.

The amendments were expected to be in line with a cabinet directive in April to stop parents from secretly converting children to calm strained race relations in the country.

Briefing cancelled

As a result of the decision by the rulers, a briefing for all Muslim parliamentarians on the amendments to three laws was cancelled at the last minute today.

The briefing was to be given by Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail to all Muslim parliamentarians at 6pm today.

The Muslim MPs were invited for the briefing by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom who is in charge of Islamic Affairs.

bar council debate on judicial commission 250407 nazri abd azizNo official reason was given for the cancellation, but the de facto law minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said it was due to a busy schedule of the MPs.

He said that the briefing would be held at a later date without elaborating.

Nazri had informed the House on June 16 that the amendments were being fine-tuned by the AG Chambers before it could be tabled before the MPs.

Why only Muslim MPs?

In another development, the invitation extended to only Muslim MPs did not go down well with some of them.

Machang PKR member of parliament Saifuddin Nasution Ismail was one such MP who said that other non-Muslim MPs too should have been invited for the briefing.

“PKR has MP of other races too,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby.

His boss Anwar Ibrahim, who is also the Opposition Leader, similarly stated that he was originally not too keen to attend the Muslims-only briefing.

He said that proposed amendments “must be well understood and debated by Muslim and non-Muslim MPs”.

parliament anwar pc on motion rejected 241108“If you think you need to discuss purely on the syariah or Islamic aspects, you could (have done it earlier) and invite Muslim MPs (for the briefing)… that is not wrong.

“But prior to tabling a bill in Parliament, to invite just the Muslim MPs and then to get Muslims and non-Muslim to debate in Parliament… it’s a bit odd,” he noted.

The Permatang Pauh MP also said that such matters would require engaging all stakeholders and not just Muslims.

“Our position, for example, is we want to listen to Muslims and non-Muslim NGOs, non-Muslim leader, Muslim scholars, in order to get a fair representation of all concern views,” he said.

A clandestine approach

Ipoh Barat DAP MP M Kulasegaran was shocked to hear that only Muslim MPs were invited for the briefing.

“How can it be segregated to religious segments? If they were going to involve the MPs, they should involve all in-sundry,” said Kulasegaran.

“Why the clandestine approach?” he asked.

Nazri however had an explanation for this limited invitation.

The minister in the prime minister’s department said that the briefing was to have largely touched on Islamic family law and thus the reason to invite only the Muslim MPs.

Sensitiviti yang perlu difahami, bukan mencari undi…

Agama anak: Kabinet mesti rujuk mufti
Apr 24, 09 4:35pm Malaysiakini.com
Keputusan kabinet semalam – anak kekal agama asal ibu bapanya walaupun salah seorang menganut Islam – sewajarnya dirujuk kepada mufti, kata Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria.

Mufti Perak menyarankan kerajaan mendapatkan pandangan Majlis Mufti-mufti Malaysia sebelum membuat sebarang keputusan berhubung Islam bagi mengelak timbulnya kekeliruan, lapor Bernama.

“Dalam agama Islam, mana-mana bapa atau ibu yang menganuti Islam, anak mereka dengan sendirinya menganut Islam kecuali jika anak tersebut sudah berumur lebih 15 tahun dan boleh memilih agamanya sendiri,” Harussani dipetik berkata hari ini.

Ketika mengumumkan keputusan kabinet, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM) Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz berkata keputusan itu sebagai langkah penyelesaian berhubung pertikaian status agama kanak-kanak apabila ibu atau bapa menukar agama.

Menurut agensi berita itu lagi, beberapa NGO Islam turut menggesa kerajaan mengkaji semula keputusan itu kerana mendakwa ia dibuat tanpa mengambil kira undang-undang sedia ada dan pandangan pihak-pihak yang berkenaan.

Keputusan itu menafikan hak pihak yang memeluk Islam, kata Presiden Persatuan Peguam Syarie Malaysia, Mohamad Isa Abdul Latif pada sidang akhbar yang turut dihadiri wakil-wakil badan lain termasuk Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) dan Persatuan Dakwah dan Kebajikan Saudara Baru Islam SeMalaysia.

Selain keputusan membesarkan anak di bawah umur mengikut agama asal ibu bapanya, kabinet juga memutuskan pasangan yang memeluk Islam harus menyelesaikan segala isu berkaitan perceraian dan penjagaan anak-anak di mahkamah sivil.

Nazri dilaporkan berkata, langkah itu selaras dengan pendirian jemaah menteri bahawa enakmen syariah hanya boleh digunakan terhadap perjanjian berkaitan perkahwinan yang dibuat bermula dari tarikh individu itu memeluk Islam dan bukannya sebelum itu.

Tambahnya, keputusan itu berdasarkan pandangan jawatankuasa khas yang ditubuhkan bagi menyelesaikan kes K Pathmanaban atau nama Islamnya Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah.

Jawatankuasa yang dipengerusikan oleh Menteri di JPM Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon turut disertai Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Dr S Subramaniam; Menteri di JPM Mejar Jeneral (B) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom, dan Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

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Khamis April 23, 2009
Anak kekal agama: Keputusan Kabinet disambut baik

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA menyatakan rasa puas hati dengan keputusan Kabinet berhubung penyelesaian pertikaian mengenai agama anak-anak yang kekal menganut agama asal ibu bapa masingmasing semasa berkahwin, walaupun ibu atau bapa mereka memeluk Islam.

“Langkah ini adalah selaras dengan konsep 1Malaysia gagasan Perdana Menteri YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak untuk meningkatkan harmoni.

“Keputusan Kabinet akan menyelesaikan isuisu yang telah memberi kesan keharmonian di negara ini,” kata Gan Ping Sieu, jurucakap MCA Ketua Biro Pendidikan dalam satu kenyataan.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas keputusan Kabinet yang menyatakan ibu atau bapa yang menukar agama Islam, anak-anak kekal menganut agama asal semasa berkahwin.

Gan berkata, MCA mengulangi pendiriannya bahawa jika agama anak-anak tidak boleh dipersetujui oleh kedua-dua ibu bapa jika ibu atau bapa memeluk Islam, status quo agama kanak-kanak itu hendaklah kekal sehinggalah mereka berumur 18 tahun.

Namun, kata beliau MCA melihat keputusan Kabinet itu hanya boleh digunakan di dalam kes di mana ibu bapa bercerai dan seorang daripada mereka menjadi “muallaf” kerana memeluk Islam.

Gan berkata, masih timbul persoalan tentang kes-kes perkahwinan sivil yang masih belum diputuskan mengikut undang-undang sivil, contohnya perpisahan walaupun seorang daripada pasangan telah memeluk Islam.

“MCA berpandangan keputusan Kabinet digunakan dalam kes-kes seumpamanya walaupun pertikaian perkahwinan sivil belum selesai,” katanya.

Gan berkata, arahan Kabinet yang sama perlu dilaksanakan oleh Jabatan Agama Islam dan Majlis Agama negeri-negeri bagi mengelakkan sebarang percanggahan terhadap kesepakatan yang dicapai oleh pemimpin-pemimpin dalam Kabinet.

Hakikatnya, arahan Kabinet sedemikian mesti terus disepadukan menerusi pembaharuan perundangan atau meluluskan Akta Parlimen atau meminda Perlembagaan Persekutuan, katanya.

Ini, katanya akan mengelakkan kekeliruan apabila keretakkan rumah tangga berlaku tanpa penyelesaian yang memuaskan dan pihak-pihak tertentu mengambil kesempatan di mahkamah untuk mendapatkan hak penjagaan dan menentukan agama anak-anak.

Sementara itu, Majlis Perundingan Agama Buddha, Kristian, Hindu, Sikh dan Tao (MCCBCHST) turut menyambut baik keputusan Kabinet mengenai agama anak-anak.

Presidennya Datuk A. Vaithilingam, yang juga presiden Hindu Sangam Malaysia, berkata keputusan mengenai pegangan agama anak-anak mestilah seiring dengan agama yang dianuti semasa perkahwinan kedua-dua ibu bapa, adalah satu langkah bijak dan permulaan yang baik bagi menyelesaikan pertikaian antara pasangan.

“Kami terbuka untuk lebih banyak perbincangan mengenai penukaran agama seseorang bukan Islam kepada Islam,” katanya kepada Bernama.

Beliau berkata persatuan itu mengharapkan lebih banyak perbincangan dan dialog dengan pemimpin-pemimpin Islam mengenai perkara itu.

“Bagi MCCBCHST, kami sedang di dalam proses memohon mengadakan mesyuarat dengan jawatankuasa yang dipengerusikan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon dan kami memuji mereka kerana segera menangani perkara ini,” katanya. BERNAMA